UDL, Accessibility and Quality Assurance – Collaborations at the University of Arizona for Online Classes, Take Two

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Speaker(s)

  • Barbara Lopez, Digital Accessibility Consultatn, University of Arizona
  • Tiffany McClelland, Course Support Specialist, Quality Assurance, University of Arizona

Session Details

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

Summary

Maintaining a culture of UDL takes active involvement across campus and demands vigilance in evaluating online learning content across the curriculum life cycle. Learn how the University of Arizona’s Office of Digital Learning and Disability Resource Center teamed up to provide pro-active best practices for accessible and inclusive online learning.

Abstract

Maintaining a culture of Universal Design for Learning, UDL, takes active involvement across campus and demands vigilance in evaluating online learning content across the curriculum life cycle. After several years of UDL implementation many challenges remain, including questions of how innovation in teaching and learning may create opportunity, but also generate new challenges for accessibility. This session explores collaborations between the Arizona Online Office of Digital Learning and Disability Resource Center to build processes towards ensuring UDL, quality assurance and accessibility in digital course content. Learn how our comprehensive team proactively approaches faculty development, accessible documents, and Quality Matters standards while facilitating ease of use for faculty and students.

Keypoints

  1. Understand impact of team structure and collaboration for ensuring accessible, universally designed courses
  2. Discover strategies for faculty development whereby accessibility is inherent in their curriculum
  3. Explore processes in evaluating online learning content across the curriculum life cycle

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Information Resources, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Barbara Lopez

Barbara Lopez is recently in a new role as Digital Accessibility Consultant for the Disability Resource Center (DRC), IT Accessibility Team at the University of Arizona (UA). In this new position, she collaborates across campus to resolve technological access barriers in the curricular, information and employment environments. She consults with University personnel, including DRC staff, in researching, identifying, recommending, and implementing technical solutions to student and employee access barriers; problem-solving technological issues and compatibility concerns in implementing accommodations. Barbara’s background includes extensive experience in accommodation services, working over 10 years in directly coordinating and then supporting UA DRC’s Exam Administration office.

Tiffany McClelland

Tiffany McClelland is a quality assurance Course Support Specialist for the Office of Digital Learning. Tiffany earned her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education (History) from the University of Arizona. Before joining the ODL, she spent 12 years teaching American and World History at the high school level. She is passionate about all learners having access to education and helping to ensure that their learning experiences are supporting their learning styles.