Aug 15, 2018  
2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2015) 
2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Environment

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Walden’s online courses are created to be accessible to a universal audience. However, the ever-changing landscape of online education and continuing addition of updated features and content presents challenges for ensuring immediate universal accessibility. Walden uses its best efforts to ensure audio components of courses are captioned and that visual components are easily navigable by screen readers. Despite these attempts, there are rare times when inaccessible materials may be inadvertently included in a course. Students who find an inaccessible component in their classroom, should contact Disability Services right away to arrange for resolution.

Despite the flexibility of the online environment, students with disabilities may find that they would benefit from accommodations relating to their participation in their academic programs. Students who wish to request accommodations for a disability must register with the Office of Disability Services by contacting the Disability Services staff at and completing the required Disabilities Services registration and accommodations request process. The most common accommodations requested by students with disabilities taking Walden’s online courses are “extra time” and “course materials in an electronic format.”

  • Extra time: The weekly modular format provides the flexibility needed for most students with disabilities to schedule coursework and meet deadlines. Still, there are occasions when extra time is needed to accommodate limitations brought on by disabilities. In such cases, qualifying students are allowed extra time to complete assignments and tests. There is a limit to the amount of extra time allowed as an accommodation, and that limit is based on the essential components of the curriculum.
  • Course Materials in Alternate Format: Students with vision loss or certain learning disabilities may use assistive technology to access their course materials. They require their texts in an electronic format (an e-file or WORD document) so they can use computer software to have text read aloud or enlarged or adapted in a way that makes it accessible to them. Often, they have the choice of purchasing texts in an e-file but sometimes they do not; and Disability Services arranges to have their books reformatted as an accommodation.