Supporting students with multi-access learning

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Multi-access courses can provide students with flexibility in terms of accessing their courses. Since this format will be new for many students, this article provides tips and strategies for supporting students in a multi-access course and class.

Course Culture

Explain how to participate in the course:  Talk about how both in-room and remote learners will interact and participate during class.  Discuss ways to make sure the remote learners feel like full participants in the class. Can you create spaces for students to connect across modalities?


Plan for technology glitches. The multi-access classrooms are well equipped and support (both for pre-planning and live) is available to you, however we all know that technology can fail from time to time. Prepare for possible tech challenges.

Make sure no one is straining to hear. You should check sound levels with remote learners at the start of class, as well as ask the in-room learners if they can clearly hear the speaker.


Digital accessibility practices can support both remote and in-room learners. Talk explicitly with students about using accessibility practices that can support everyone. For example, in room learners can say their names before speaking so that remote learners know who is speaking.


Talk about people’s comfort being on camera. If recording, discuss with students how the recordings will be used. See our resource for more information on recording and privacy. 

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This post was last updated:

January 6, 2022

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