Yay, I have been waiting to delve into this content! Getting better at inclusive design is one of my learning goals for the next year. While I feel like I do a good job of being inclusive naturally, I am not really sure if I am doing it well for everyone. Moreover, I have questioned if moving away from my traditional way of doing things to a more open way will limit accessibility in any way. While I do not think that this question can be completely addressed in one module, it is a good start. It is comforting to read that:

Being inclusive is cultivating that “I’m at home in another person’s home” experience. Creating that inclusive atmosphere isn’t as simple as saying you’re inclusive, it is about inclusiveness as a daily practice, so it is natural and a part of you. Inclusive design in education is just that – it is enmeshed in your work, not an add-on you tack on down the road.

~ Content for Making Sense of Open Education Day 9 by Joanne Kehoe is licensed with a CC BY 4.0 International license (unless otherwise indicated with citation and/or attribution).


Today I chose to see if my website is compliant using the 508 checker. Unfortunately, there were “not enough credits” so I did not get to find out. Instead, I took the text from this post and run it through the readability calculator and found that it was pretty readable. However, copy/pasting text and running the link through the checker gave me conflicting results. It did not respond well to embedded images and tweets. Is there a better way to check my website? This is a neat little tool for checking documents that I prepare for students in the future. My Syllabus from last year needs some improvement as these are the numbers it got:

Number of characters (without spaces) : 19,017.00
Number of words : 3,611.00
Number of sentences : 358.00
Average number of characters per word : 5.27
Average number of syllables per word : 1.81
Average number of words per sentence: 10.09
Indication of the number of years of formal education that a person requires in order to easily understand the text on the first reading
Gunning Fog index : 11.43
Approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text :
Coleman Liau index : 12.24
Flesch Kincaid Grade level : 9.65
ARI (Automated Readability Index) : 8.42
SMOG : 11.17
Flesch Reading Ease : 43.87


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Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit http://nursekillam.com/.


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