Training with Accessibility in Mind: Inspiring the Faculty to Reach Every Learner

Concurrent Session 1 & 2 (combined)
Streamed Session Equity and Inclusion

Watch This Session

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Creating an accessible digital environment ensures that all the content is available to everyone. How do you inspire Faculty members to design their courses with accessibility in mind? This interactive session will explore best practices for training Faculty members to embrace digital accessibility practices that drive inquiry, and differentiate instruction.

Extended Abstract

Creating an accessible digital environment ensures that all the content is available to everyone. How do you inspire Faculty members to design their courses with accessibility in mind? This interactive session will explore best practices for training Faculty members to embrace digital accessibility practices that drive inquiry, and differentiate instruction.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about “11 percent of the higher education students in the United States have some kind of disability and at least 60% to 80% of students never disclose their disabilities.”   We have a special responsibility to make sure digital materials (i.e., campus e-mails, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) are accessible to all, including people with disabilities. While we know that having an accessible digital environment is critical for the success of our students, training Faculty members to embrace digital accessibility practices can be challenging.

This session will debunk many of the myths that exist when it comes to making content accessible for people with disabilities, explore best practices for Faculty buy-in , as well as,  provide participants with strategies for making digital content accessible.

Session Learning Objectives
 

  1. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify at least 3 myths that exist about digital accessibility.
  2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify ways to check the accessibility of their content.
  3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify 4 strategies they can use to train Faculty members about best practices for digital accessibility.
  4. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify 4 tools that they can use with students to make their content more accessible.

This will be an interactive presentation where participants will get hands on experience with the various tools shared. All participants will have access to the presentation at the same time and will be able to provide real time data/feedback. All participants will also have printable resources that they can refer to after the presentation. The presentation will also be made available in a digital format. All participants are encouraged to bring their Internet Enabled Devices to the workshop.

Google forms resources: