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Communication Access

UDI e-Tool- Cognitive Access


Communication Access within UDI Online refers to approaches and elements that provide multiple opportunities for interaction and dialogue to engage diverse learners within a digital learning environment.



The UDI Online project team has identified two Principles of UDI which are most applicable to the Communication Access Domain. The identification of these UDI Principles with the Communication Access Domain are based on results from faculty and student interviews conducted by the UDI Online Project team, and from an extensive review of the literature regarding online courses, which indicate several factors that can enhance access to course content for diverse learners. Examples from the surveys, interviews, and the literature review suggest that Communication Access is enhanced when opportunities for communication and networking are straightforward and provide increased involvement in course activities and in the course community. This may include faculty-to-student and student-to-student interactions. The following Principles of UDI were deemed to most directly align with the Communication Access Domain. These Principles support diverse learners with interacting and engaging peers and faculty in online and technology blended courses.

  1. A Community of Learners
  2. Instructional Climate



Instructors may provide prompt and detailed feedback, and promote the sharing of knowledge, respect for differing opinions and ideas, and collaborative learning to facilitate Communication Access. To read about specific e-Tools go to the below.


Recommendations for Online and Blended Courses

Research conducted through the UDI Online Project identified the following recommendations related to Communication Access in online and blended courses:

Faculty Recommendations for Online and Blended Courses:

  • Establish and promote rapport with and among students

Students Recommendations for Online and Blended Courses:

  • Increased need for interaction and communication with professor and fellow students