Accessibility means having access to the course materials. Students can have problems with accessibility in your course for many reasons. One of those reasons is a technology issue.

 

Operating System

There are two main operating systems that most of your students will be using: Mac and Windows. The Windows operating system has a huge number of security components that can sometimes make use of certain files types (e.g. those with an ".exe" extension) unavailable or unreadable. In addition, all files must have appropriate extensions to be read effectively by a Windows machine. Mac is a bit less suspicious of files. A few of your students may even be using an alternative operating system (such as Linux), which can cause additional compatibility issues.

 

Software Compatibility

While the different operating systems may be able to read certain documents, the student may not actually own the software (or the more recent version of that software) that would allow them to do so. Some things will run directly in ANGEL without the need for additional software, but others will not. This is something that you should consider when determining the types of files that you will be posting or the kinds of resources that you will be using.

 

Universally Accepted File Formats and Other Solutions

There are a number of options available that can provide universal access to your course elements:

 


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