Universal Design of Online Learning

After going back and reviewing the Primary and Secondary Sources tutorial video, I found that there are only three principles of Universal Design that the tutorial incorporates. The first is size and space for approach of use, the tutorial did make all information unobstructed and the flow of information was easy to follow (Maatta, 2013). The second is tolerance of error. The viewer could easily move back and forth between slides throughout the tutorial, making it easy to locate information and return to a slide if it was missed (Maatta, 2013). Lastly, the tutorial was simple and the information was presented in a clear manner that was easy to understand and follow.

The tutorial only partially used the perceptible information principle. The video does a good job a differentiating the elements and concepts and communicates information effectively (Maatta, 2013). However, the tutorial only partially uses high contrast of words and the background and while it does have text and pictures as well as audio in the video, there is no captioning for what is being said (Maatta, 2013).

The tutorial however did not incorporate the other three principles. The tutorial required a lot of physical effort. The viewer has to click to progress within the tutorial and there are multiple screens that require clicking of the mouse to reveal information. The tutorial does not have captioning for the audio of the video as well and does not come available in any other formats.

Using Universal Design allows for anyone to benefit and learn from the information you are providing. When creating a tutorial, you don’t know who will be viewing the video, especially with online tutorials that are on the internet and available for anyone to see. Not incorporating Universal Design may it difficult or not possible for people to view your tutorial, following these principles will make the information you want to share accessible to everyone.

Klaudinyi, J. (2010). Primary and secondary sources. Retrieved from http://www.wou.edu/provost/library/clip/tutorials/prim_sec.htm

Maatta, S. (2013). Creating accessible online learning environments. Retrieved from https://blackboard.wayne.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-4716651-dt-content-rid-4409770_2/courses/LIS_7880_1409_001/Maatta%20Presentation%20final.pdf

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