Register today: Disabling Difference In the STEM Classroom: The Disability & Universal Course Design You Need To Know for Inclusion (Summer 2016)

CIRTL LogoAs our classrooms become more diverse, and as we witness an increase in the number of students with disabilities (the National Council on Disability estimates that 11% of undergraduates in the US have a disability – that is 2, 000, 000 students) , so we need to formulate responses that respond to this reality.

In this series, our aim is to guide future faculty in developing inclusive courses and classrooms using the guiding principles of Universal Design. This will involve an in depth look at engaging learners of all abilities, representing information in multiple ways, and creating opportunities that allow students to express what they have learned in ways that are meaningful to both them and us. Ultimately, we would like participants who complete the course to learn how to teach inclusively as a habit, rather than by design.

Registration

Visit Disabling Difference In the STEM Classroom: The Disability & Universal Course Design You Need To Know for Inclusion website

Instructors

Indrani Singh, Education Development Specialist in STEM, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester; Jennifer Hadingham, Assistant Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester; and Amy Clark, Access Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester

Course dates

Wednesday, June 15 through Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Online meeting times

Wednesdays at 2:15-3:30PM ET/1:15-2:30PM CT/12:15-1:30PM MT/11:15AM-12:30PM PT

Registration period

Monday, April 11 through Monday, May 9. Students will be notified of their enrollment status on Tuesday, May 10. When registration opens, we will update this page to include a link to our registration form.

Open to

Advanced graduate students, postdocs, academic staff, and faculty

Anticipated workload

1.25 hours per week in class, plus another 2-3 hours per week doing assignments and readings.

Format

In addition to the online sessions that all students are required to attend on Wednesdays, instructors will post weekly assignments and readings on Moodle. Students will be expected to write several short reflections and create a revised teaching toll (eg. syllabus, activity, assessment) to incorporate the material they learn.

Required technologies

Blackboard CollaborateMoodle, and Google Docs. Please review our Course Logistics Page and Course Preparation Checklist for instructions on how to access Blackboard Collaborate. Students will receive a Moodle account once they are enrolled in this course.

Accessibility

We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities, programs, and courses. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact Kate Diamond (kdiamond3 AT wisc.edu) in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.

About CIRTL

This event is promoted by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Iowa State University is a member of The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. CIRTL is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. Visit the CIRTL website to learn more.


Enroll Now: Accessibility – Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will be hosting three discussions for participants of the online course Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners.  This course, and our discussions, will help University community members to develop the knowledge and skills needed to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments.

During this six-week course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize and address challenges faced by students with disabilities related to access, success, and completion.
  • Articulate faculty and staff roles in reducing barriers for students with disabilities.
  • Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in designing accessible learning experiences.
  • Analyze the benefits of Backward Design when developing learning experiences.
  • Use Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines to create accessible courses.
  • Determine which tools and techniques are appropriate based on course content.

Prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions, participate in peer review assignments, take short self-check quizzes, watch videos, and explore relevant readings. You will also earn badges that recognize your mastery of these competencies.

Why participate in this MOOC and the CELT discussions? Watch this short Access MOOC video (audio described version of Access MOOC video)

Online Course (MOOC) Registration

To register for the Feb. 22 – Apr. 5 online course visit the Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners website.

CELT Discussions Registration

Register to attend the in-person discussions on the following Thursdays: Mar. 10, 24 and Apr. 7 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 192 Library) by visiting the Learn@ISU website.