April 2023 Faculty Forum on accessibility efforts and inclusive teaching
From Margaret Merrill
Recording of a Faculty Forum held Friday, April 21, 2023.
Faculty often find that when they are seeking to accommodate students with documented disabilities, or when they simply wish to make their courses more effective and inclusive, the challenges of increasing accessibility can be daunting. Some of us lessen the anxiety of making learning materials more accessible by adopting a “plus 1” strategy to improve the accessibility of just one element of a course or activity per quarter, the benefits of which extend to all participating students.
To support this effort, Academic Technology Services recently published an Accessibility Guide for Teaching and Presenting listing a variety of practices that make course materials more accessible, as well as the benefits to all students of adopting even one new accessibility strategy.
To mark the launch of this new guide, we hosted a Faculty Forum to discuss your own “plus 1" accessibility strategies that have improved your teaching. Many instructors joined us to share their insights and learn from colleagues who are wrestling with the challenges of creating content and activities that lower barriers to participation and support all students as they learn.
Review the Zoom live chat.
Selected resources shared in the chat
- Miriam talked with Andy about 2-stage assessments for SITT 2022
- Information about Piazza
- Information about the classroom Lecture Capture service
- How to enable SensusAccess in Canvas
- For those already using Gradescope who want more tips and tricks, we have a webinar coming up in May as part of our Ed Tech Spotlight Series
- Check out this site on Universal Design for Learning: https://udlguidelines.cast.org/
- Our Accessibility Guide for Teaching and Presenting invites you to think about small incremental changes you can make