Faculty training success story: Partnering around diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives

Scheduled at 10:30am in WB I on Friday, November 22.



  • Marla Roll, Director, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
  • Craig Spooner, Instructional Designer, Colorado State University
  • Shannon Archibeque- Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Assessment, Colorado State University

Session Details

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


College campuses are striving to assist & train faculty with creation of accessible course content. The ATRC at Colorado State University has successfully partnered with larger campus diversity and inclusive excellence efforts to build and implement a successful "inclusive technology" training program.


College campuses are striving to make electronic content accessible to everyone, including students who use assistive technology, students without disabilities who prefer to access content in alternative ways, and instructors who discover that inclusively designed documents are easier to build & update. However, reaching faculty & motivating them to consider electronic accessibility can be a challenge. The ATRC at Colorado State University has successfully built & implemented an “inclusive technology” training program that was part of a larger campus effort toward creating an inclusive community for all employees & students. Training was effectively tied to the institution’s diversity plan. The following information will be shared:representative samples of the training content, the method for delivery, the key partnerships and processes to effectively implement the training, outcomes & data related to the training effectiveness, and the collaboration with the VP for Diversity office


  1. Understand representative samples of content for training faculty in accessible course content
  2. Understand method for delivery of training to faculty
  3. Consider potential partnerships for implementing training as attached to larger campus diveristy initiatives

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Marla Roll

Marla has been an Occupational Therapist for 31 years and has worked in the field of assistive technology for over two decades. She is Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she oversees campus AT supports and services and develops curriculum related to assistive technology and universal design. She has served as Co-PI and Senior Personnel on federally funded grants related to universal design and BCI. Currently, she is interested in research related to outcome measures of assistive technology interventions. Her passions include considering inclusion of people with disabilities in regard to usability/ accessibility of mainstream and emerging technologies and electronic information.

Craig Spooner

Craig has worked in the field of instructional design and accessible technology for nearly two decades. As a member of the federally-funded ACCESS Project, he created UD training modules and a video for faculty. Craig is the lead author of a chapter in Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice, edited by Sheryl Burgstahler (Harvard Education Press, 2015), and has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Shannon Archibeque- Engle

Dr. Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment, is committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment for students, faculty, and staff through education and evidence-based best practices. Dr. Archibeque-Engle’s research focuses on an intersectional and critical analysis of higher education and has been featured locally, nationally, and internationally.