Accessibility: Assistive Technologies


Cost: $100

This badge course introduces students to commonly used assistive technologies.  Students will learn about such items as screen readers and voice-to-text programs and learn how these technologies help to mitigate the impact of impairments. Assistive technologies for people who are blind/low vision, hard-of-hearing/Deaf, have age-related impairments, and who have mental illness are all covered.  Assessments are two quizzes and a short project where students are asked to work with an assistive technology for 4-8 hours and report on the experience.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify common types of AT for visual impairment.
  2. Identify common AT for hearing impairment.
  3. Consider the value of AT for the aging population.
  4. Identify some AT solutions for people with mental health impairments.
  5. Recognize other common assistive technologies and their applications.
  6. Practice using a common assistive technology.


Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Carolyn Speer, PhD

Carolyn joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in 2014. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Friends University and later as a freelance online Instructional Designer and online Political Science professor with various colleges across the country. Carolyn has her BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State. Since then, she has attended two years of culinary school at the Iowa Culinary Institute and is now finishing an MA in History at Wichita State.

Carolyn brings over twenty years of teaching and curriculum development experience along with her personal dedication to lifelong learning. She is student-driven in her approach to course and program development, and begins every project with the question, “what do the students need and want from this experience?”


CRN Course # Term
26848 CSD 420 BL Spring 2021