How Do You Know It’s Working? Assessing Access Focused Professional Learning on Campus

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Scheduled at 9:15am in Windsor on Wednesday, November 14.

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Speaker(s)

  • Jordan Cameron, Assistant Director for Academic Accessibility, Kennesaw State University

Session Details

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

Summary

This presentation showcases Kennesaw State University's online Access4All Accessibility Basics series for faculty and staff and discusses how creators and facilitators employ Guskey's Five Critical Levels of Professional Development to assess the impact of the initiative on learning throughout the university.

Abstract

In an effort to increase awareness across campus and expand accessibility-focused professional learning opportunities, Kennesaw State University administrators and instructional designers created an online asynchronous workshop series. This new offering not only trains faculty, but also provides exemplars upon which they can create their own accessible instructional materials. Accessibility professionals were adamant that the design of the professional learning should spur faculty and staff to action (actively engage in making academic materials more accessible to diverse learners), and they wanted a way to measure the impact on campus. Because higher education professional learning evaluation models are scarce, the group turned to a widely adopted K-12 professional learning evaluation model - Guskey's Five Critical Levels of Professional Development. Allowing the Guskey model to inform course design provided for high levels of engagement and interesting results.

Keypoints

  1. Accessibility initiatives on campus MUST contain engaging professional learning opportunities.
  2. Accessibility-focused professional learning opportunities should include instructional exemplars and models.
  3. Accessibility-focused professional learning can and should be consistently assessed, revised, and redelivered.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Resources, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jordan Cameron

Jordan P. Cameron is the Assistant Director for Academic Accessibility at the Distance Learning Center, Kennesaw State University. As the resident accessibility expert at KSU, she collaborates with all units on campus to provide guidance in the areas of procurement, testing and evaluation of software/hardware, policy development, and professional learning. Jordan is also a part-time faculty member in the Bagwell College of Education’s Department of Instructional Technology. She teaches graduate courses on professional learning in schools and technology implementations.

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