Fighting Fires or Changing Culture: Prioritizing Accessibility in Peer Developed Courses- Changing How Faculty Approach Course Design.

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Speaker(s)

  • Lindsey Morris, eLearning Instructional Designer, Accessibility, Tarrant County College
  • Lindsay Foster, eLearning Instructional Designer, Tarrant County College

Session Details

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

Summary

Hear how a new instructional design team has prioritized accessibility in the course design process for Peer Developed Courses in conjunction with faculty professional development at a large community college.

Abstract

In this session, hear how a new instructional design team has tackled the project of taking over our campus’s Peer Developed Course program. One of the first projects as a team was to re-evaluate previously created Peer Developed Courses through the lens of accessibility. Courses are currently shared across six campuses and used by a large number of faculty members, many of whom may not be aware of web accessibility guidelines or the integrated LMS tools to help address these concerns. Through webinars, hands-on professional development, and focused time with instructors the instructional design team has increased awareness and compliance, not only in our Peer Developed Courses, but individual faculty created courses as well. Hear about how the instructional design team found resources and training to ensure that we are providing the most accurate information to our faculty. We will also discuss our lessons learned and the areas in which training has resulted in the most positive feedback from faculty.

Keypoints

  1. Identify high-impact areas that influence instructor course design
  2. Prioritizing accessibility in course design impacts teacher’s perceptions of accessibility
  3. Create targeted professional development for faculty members

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Lindsey Morris

Lindsey Morris has been in education for nearly a decade, serving in a variety of positions from K-12 classroom to STEM education outreach to instructional design within not-for-profit as well as higher education settings. Ms. Morris has an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Morris uses her varied and diverse experiences to assist instructors in creating accessible online content for all learners.

Lindsay Foster

Lindsay Foster has over two decades of educational experience as an elementary classroom educator, a technology applications instructor, an instructional technology coach and coordinator, and instructional designer. As an instructional designer, Mrs. Foster specializes in issues related to Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) and Accessibility. She was a TCEA Technology Administrator of the Year finalist in 2021. Additionally she is a Google Certified Trainer, a LEGO Education US Master Educator, Book Creator Ambassador, and BreakoutEDU Trainer. Mrs. Foster has served on the TEA State Board of Education Technology Applications TEKS Review Committee. Mrs. Foster’s speaking engagements have included ISTE, TCEA, TxDLA, MACUL, NCTIES, TCEA ETC, TCCA, TiA, and TXGoo.