Teaching faculty about universal design and accessibility through OSM (pronounced “awesome”) course

Presented at 3:30pm in WB I on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.



  • Kate Miller, Access and Usability Manager, CU Denver
  • Jason Drysdale, Manager of Academic Technology, CU Denver

Session Details

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


Participants of this session will get a sneak peek at the OSM (Online Skills Mastery) course, see examples from OSM and participate in an interactive discussion and through this process discover what works for faculty development. By the end, participants will learn about innovative training approaches and ideas when it comes to educating faculty on the importance of UD.


Standing in the back of the room, one can clearly see the screens of the 20 faculty who signed up to learn about best practices teaching an online course. However, 15 minutes into the training, a quick glance of the glowing screens reveal the majority of the room is off task - some checking email, some working ahead of the trainer, and a few scrolling their Facebook feed. This faculty training was in serious need of an SOS!

With this in mind, CU Online was eager to change faculty professional development and eliminate “sit and get” trainings for good. We worked to answer 3 questions:

-How can we better engage busy faculty in professional development? -How can we leverage online learning platforms to maximize faculty time on task? -How can model best practices for universal design and accessbility?


  1. Identifying areas within a course that are not accessible
  2. Teaching faculty about what universal design is and why it matters
  3. How to develop your own training course for faculty around UD and accessibility

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kate Miller

Kate Miller's interests rest in a fusion of technology, universal design and accessibility. Kate serves as the Access and Usability Manager at CU Online. Kate just finished her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on student affairs in higher education and is now pursuing her doctorate in leadership for educational equity.

Jason Drysdale

Jason Drysdale is an instructional designer, technologist, and writer/researcher located in Denver, Colorado. Jason grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, went to college in Abilene, Texas, and got to Colorado as fast as he could! He graduated with his Master’s from CU Denver’s School of Education and is currently pursuing his EdD in Organizational Leadership from Abilene Christian University. Jason’s research interests include collaborative instructional design, organizational structure, and leadership in higher education. Jason lives in Lakewood with his wife Courtney, their son Clark, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Kingsley.