“This Isn’t Why I Became An Instructor!”: Motivating Faculty to Embrace Accessibility

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Westminster IV on Wednesday, November 20.

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Speaker(s)

  • Dana Haff, Instructional Design Accessibility Specialist, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Jennifer Pedersen, , University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College

Session Details

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

Summary

Instructional Design departments within our university system began accessibility initiatives by motivating faculty. You’ll hear faculty perspectives on accessibility, what worked well, and what areas were a struggle. We’ll identify ways to build accessibility into the curriculum and break down barriers at the same time.

Abstract

“I don’t have any students with accommodations!” “What’s the point?” “This isn’t why I became a teacher!” “Can I get a course release for this?” With comments like these being heard all around campus, Instructional Design Departments within the University of Alaska Anchorage system had to begin accessibility initiatives by identifying ways to motivate faculty to care about providing accessible course materials and activities for their students. In this session, we’ll share our journey with you. You’ll hear faculty perspectives on accessibility, what worked well, and what areas were a struggle. We’ll identify ways to build accessibility into the curriculum, how to help faculty select or create accessible materials, and design accessible activities.

Keypoints

  1. To motivate a faculty member, think like a faculty member.
  2. Focus on small changes that reap big rewards.
  3. Accessibility helps all students, not just the ones who register with disability support.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Dana Haff

Dana has been a part of K-12 and postsecondary education for more than 15 years, including direct instruction, faculty support, and stints as an academic and medical librarian. As an advocate for empathetic and student-centered instruction, she is delighted to be supporting accessibility at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Jennifer Pedersen

Dr. Jennifer Pedersen is an Educational Psychologist with more than 15 years in higher education. She has extensive training and experience in all aspects of face-to-face and online course design and delivery. Dr. Pedersen has a passion for student success; she specializes in helping faculty incorporate Universal Design principles when developing course material and delivering content in a manner that attracts all learning styles. In her current position, Dr. Pedersen assumed responsibility for campus wide accessibility training, and leads her team in piloting new technology to assist in helping faculty and staff create an inclusive and accessible educational experience where all students can achieve their educational dreams.