Constantly Improving: Creating an Accessible Campus

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 11:15am in Lakehouse on Wednesday November, 15.

#9138

Speaker(s)

  • Michael Cole, Educational Accessibility Technologist, Wichita State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

This presentation looks at the findings of a year-long university-wide review process that discovered several areas of improvements in regards to accessibility. New initiatives are being put in place and enforced at Wichita State to ensure that all facets of the collegiate learning experience are accessible to all students.

Abstract

In 2016, Wichita State University implemented a friendly review process that sought to determine any potential areas of improvement in the online course offerings. The results of this year-long process indicated that accessibility issues were pervasive and steps forward could be taken to improve matters not only in the online classroom, but in the face-to-face classroom--as well as the entire infrastructure of the campus. WSU has begun moving forward on several new initiatives to create an accessible and universally designed campus in order to meet the needs of all learners within the next few years. This presentation will look at some of the common areas that were identified as well as just what steps are being taken to improve the curriculum, campus, and culture of accessibility at WSU.

Keypoints

  1. All institutions, and all faculty, most likely have areas of improvement in regards to accessibility.
  2. What are common weaknesses and what methods can be used to identify and isolate these areas of improvement.
  3. What initiatives are being instituted and enforced to improve accessibility concerns campus-wide.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Michael Cole

Michael joined the WSU Instructional Design and Technology team as a part-time contractor Instructional Designer in January 2016 and became a full-time staff member in June. He transitioned to the Educational Accessibility Tech in February 2017. Michael obtained his BA and MA in English Language and Literature at Wichita State University and is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing.

Handout(s)