At Virtual Elementary School (VES), our top priority is developing accessible online courses, materials, and activities to optimize each student’s learning experience! Our courses have always been available for students to access from anywhere around the world, but online accessibility at VES means so much more than an internet connection. For us, accessibility means ensuring that each of our students, regardless of their needs, has the necessary tools and strategies to complete educational tasks with independence and efficiency. The VES team is constantly reviewing and refining the design of courses with accessibility in mind in order to create a virtual learning environment that is rich in supportive educational tools and features.
Virtual educational tools are transforming the ways that students learn by increasing engagement, facilitating personalized learning, and providing an immersive experience in every subject area. Let’s take a closer look at some of the educational features that VES uses to enhance the accessibility of online learning for all!
Videos are another great feature in online learning that create engaging sensory experiences. Especially at the elementary level, videos can yield better academic and personal outcomes. Videos can boost retention by explaining concepts in several ways and demonstrating interaction skills that students need in their day-to-day lives. All videos are close-captioned with transcripts that follow along with any speech elements. They’re also equipped with audio description where necessary to support students with visual impairments. Some courses include videos with interactive components where the videos regularly prompt the student with questions and encourage mastery learning.