Support for Postsecondary Learners in Online Learning Environments


An estimated 17.3 million students are expected to enroll in undergraduate programs throughout American postsecondary institutions. It is projected that among these students 11% will report having a disability. Many students, however, choose to not disclose disabilities due to factors such as stigma, lack of self-advocacy, or instructor indifference. Developing course content with an accommodations for all approach affords students with and without disabilities equal access to supports embedded within the curriculum. This focused discussion explores the various accommodations that can be used within postsecondary online learning environments to support diverse learners, including students with and without disabilities. Topics of discussion include: the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for presenting content and assessing student knowledge, the use of rules and rubrics to scaffold discussion board forums, strategy instruction, and formative assessment and feedback.


Postsecondary, Online Learning


Learner Diversity and Identities


Focused Discussion


  • Kristina Bielskus Barone
    • Doctoral Condidate, Exceptional Student Education, Florida Atlantic University, United States United States