Teaching Faculty Something, but Not TOO Much

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 4:00pm in Waverly on Thursday November, 16.

#9104

Speaker(s)

  • Sheryl Burgstahler, Director, Accessible Technology Services, University of Washington

Session Details

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

Summary

There is no shortage of things we would LIKE instructors to know about the accessible design of their online content. However, faculty members often claim that they do not have the time nor the expertise to make changes. What content can we present and methods can we employ to provide professional development so instructors will take action.

Abstract

There is no shortage of things we would LIKE instructors to know about the accessible design of their online content. However, faculty members often claim that they do not have the time nor the expertise to make changes. What content can we present and methods can we employ to provide Some online learning programs have faced legal challenges because of the inaccessibility of their courses to individuals with disabilities. What does it mean for a course to be “accessible”? What are legal obligations regarding accessible online learning? What are the most common technology-related accommodations provided to students with disabilities? What are some strategies for making online courses welcoming to, accessible to and usable by all students, including those with disabilities? What are simple steps toward improved accessibility? This presentation will answer these questions, provide time for discussion, and share useful resources for further exploration of the content presented.

Keypoints

  1. Typical challenges people with disabilities face in using IT deployed by postsecondary institutions.
  2. Legal obligation to make IT accessible to faculty, students, staff, and visitors with disabilities.
  3. Specific strategies and resources for making online courses accessible.

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Sheryl Burgstahler

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the ATC (Access Technology Center) as part of her role as Director of Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington (UW). These centers promote (1) the support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the development of facilities, IT, services, and learning activities that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. The ATC focuses efforts at the UW; the DO-IT Center reaches national and international audiences with the support of federal, state, corporate, foundation, and private funds. Dr. Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the UW College of Education. She currently teaches the Accessibility and Compliance in Online Education online course offered by Rutgers University.

Handout(s)