Aisha Jackson, Assistant Director - Academic Technology Applica, University of Colorado Boulder
Disability Area: Topic Area:
Length of Session (in hours): 1-hr
Expertise Level: All Levels
Type of session: Not provided
Summary of Session
The presenter will describe issues that poorly designed web-based learning tools cause when being accessed by assistive technologies, and share accessibility questions faculty should ask vendors in order for them to make informed decisions when selecting academic technologies.
Although there are a plethora of web-based learning tools faculty can select from, not all of them will help students learn. There are a number of reasons for this - from the way the course was designed, to the strategies that were used to integrate the technology. This session will focus on one particular component that can impact student learning - accessibility. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: describe issues that poorly designed web-based learning tools cause when being accessed by assistive technologies, list core questions to ask vendors related to the accessibility of their tools, and make informed decisions when selecting academic technologies.
Describe issues that poorly designed web-based learning tools cause for assistive technology
List core questions to ask vendors related to the accessibility of their services
Make informed decisions concerning whether to integrate a web-based learning tool into their teaching practice
Aisha Jackson is the Assistant Director of Academic Technology Applications in the Office of Information Technology at CU Boulder. Her team manages the day-to-day support, and continual improvement of a number of academic technologies including Desire2Learn, the applications that integrate with it, as well as Qualtrics, iTunes U, Coursera, VoiceThread, and Kaltura. Aisha is currently a doctoral student specializing in Professional Learning and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver. She has a master’s degree in Educational Technology and Teacher Education. Aisha’s research interests are in the areas of faculty development, technology integration, and leadership for organizational change.