January 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm #997
When designing online courses using Universal Design for Learning principles, faculty members design with diverse learners in mind, providing flexible and, perhaps, a variety of instructional materials, methods, and assessments. How can you explain the benefits of Universal Design for Learning in language that resonates with faculty members?
University of Central Florida
March 22, 2017 at 11:25 am #1275
This is something we struggle with. It is easy to confirm that our LMS and even college website adheres to ADA policies. However, faculty created content (i.e., ppt presentations, Word docs, pdfs, etc.) seems to be the area where there is not consistent awareness. At Daytona State College, we have a committee of chair-appointed faculty members that are called eMentors. These faculty are the go-to people within each department to get assistance with online technology (i.e., how to use our LMS) as well as online pedagogy. Recently, a subcommittee of the eMentors has been tackling universal design of faculty created content. After much research, a guide has been created (although it is very much a living document). We have also provided training sessions (including a hands-on portion) with small steps that faculty can take now. It is the hope that all future-created documents will adhere to these guidelines and that faculty will be aware of the challenges that many students face in online classes.
March 22, 2017 at 11:48 am #1298
At UF Dr. Krieder and the CSLD3 have been working to bring awareness and understanding to this important topic. Her presentation and explanation were clear and very well received. Breaking things down into small achievable steps and making it personal with narratives and student stories help to bring this point across. Here is a link to her video: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/5ad7b64bbd58410bbaaf417d484c6ea91d%5B/url%5D
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