- Joseph Feria-Galicia, Accessibility Team Lead, UC Berkeley
- Luis Perez, Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (the AEM Center)
- Length of Session: 5-6-hr
- Format: Lab
- Expertise Level: Beginner
- Type of session: Pre-conference
This full-day workshop introduces online course accessibility through a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theoretical lens. Reasons for building and maintaining accessible courses are contextualized, explained and demonstrated from both a student and institutional perspective. Emphasis is given to the use and evaluation of features within an LMS.
This workshop utilizes multiple format types including whole group lectures and demonstrations, small group discussions, and hands-on activities for individuals or groups to apply new knowledge and skills. Additionally, participants are given access to an online course where they can engage, create and evaluate online content. In this course, participants can access strategies for accessible best practices and engage pre-recorded video interviews of individuals with various disabilities emphasizing the learning objectives for this workshop. Captions and downloadable transcripts are available for every video shared during the workshop. At the end of the session, participants will confidently create content in the following platforms: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Canvas. Additionally, participants will be able to apply UDL concepts to their particular learning contexts.
- Understand the importance and impact of accessible course design and instructional media.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency in the creation and delivery of accessible content within an LMS.
- Contextualize one's understanding of the UDL framework within an online course environment.
Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized
Joe is the Accessibility Team Lead for Research Teaching and Learning at UC Berkeley. He embraces a Communities of Practice foundation and approaches online accessibility with an urgency for social justice. Joe earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Whittier College in The Cultural Contexts of Education, a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois.
As a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, Luis promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. Prior to joining the AEM Center, Luis was an independent consultant focusing on mobile learning, UDL and assistive technology. He was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014. Luis is President-Elect of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator.