Sep 30, 2020
[Subtitles available in English & Spanish | Subtítulos disponibles en español y inglés]
A woman with brown skin and long brown hair in a sitting room.
Smitha’s Story – Equitable Access to Online Learning
For online courses I’ve taken, I never found the perfect accommodation that meets my needs. Regardless of how much time I have to spend explaining my needs and why I have them, I’m still not heard.
They would rather find a lesser, simplified way to provide access, like joining the class discussion using text chat while everyone else is on video, talking and interacting. It’s not at all a comparable experience.
Or sometimes it’s been suggested, “Well, maybe you can’t join us, but that’s fine, so why don’t you meet up with another student later and they can fill you in on what happened in class.” Again it’s not fair.
To this day, I have not found one perfect accommodation that is effective for online courses.
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