2 Upcoming Live Webinars: Accessibility Support Model (Nov. 7) and Accessibility in Distance Education (Nov. 9)

Live Webinar: Accessibility Support Model – How a Large University Supports Diverse Learners Taking Online Courses (EduCause)

Monday, November 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall or on your own

To view on campus register visit Learn@ISU website.
To view on your own register through Educause ELI webinar website

In this session, we will share the University of Central Florida’s Accessibility Support Model for online courses that was designed to provide a scalable and systematic approach to creating accessible online courses. This model consists of several strategies one of which is educating faculty on how to apply Universal Design for Learning principles to the design of their online courses.  We will also share the accommodations work flow that was implemented as part of this process and showcase strategies and resources that we have implemented to empower faculty to create accessible course materials and support diverse learning styles including just in time online resources as well as the Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT). Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about UCF’s Accessibility Support Model: a scaleable and systematic approach to providing accommodations in online courses.
  • Learn about the accommodations work flow that was implemented as part of the accommodation process.
  • Learn about the strategies and resources that have been implemented to empower faculty to create accessible materials and support diverse learning styles.

Live Webinar: Accessibility in Distance Education: Issues for a New Administration (Magna Publications)

Wednesday, November 9 from 1 – 2:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall (on-campus viewing only)

To register visit Learn@ISU website.

Accessibility is an area of growing concern, especially for colleges and universities looking to attract global learners. This seminar will explain the steps educators and institutions can take to ensure that individuals with disabilities and differing abilities, as well as those from disparate intellectual, cultural, and economic backgrounds, can access educational opportunities on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Here is some of what you’ll learn during this 60-minute live webinar:

  • Understanding the current accessibility situation and barriers to digital inclusion
  • Uncovering necessary sources of knowledge and resources to better design programs and courses to engage learners of all abilities and disabilities
  • Knowing how to conduct an audit and/or review at an educational institution focused on positive outcomes rather than avoiding the punishments associated with noncompliance
  • Establishing institutional and faculty development programs to improve accessibility and learning opportunities
  • Evaluating learners’ bandwidth situations and ensuring that campuses can perform and are adequately staffed for evaluations of campus infrastructure, LMS, learning software, closed captioning systems, and assistive systems and devices to deliver online learning and distance education

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.