Sent in by Terry Watson
While some of the more popular, commercial systems, such as Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn, are built in a way that makes them accessible, some of the platforms designed by schools are more limited.
Those systems can be particularly challenging for students who have print disabilities – physical, visual, cognitive and other impairments that prevent them from effectively reading their course materials.
Once students with disabilities are accepted into an online program, they should prepare to be direct and open about what they need to succeed, experts say.
Even if a school uses a learning management system that is completely accessible to students with vision, hearing or other impairments, the odds are that at some point some students will hit a snag, says Lissner of the Association on Higher Education And Disability, who also works at Ohio State University.