Accessibility is a big topic in higher education, but it doesn’t have to be a big deal.
Small changes to existing courses can eliminate barriers and provide all students with more equitable opportunities to learn and to demonstrate their learning.
The key is remembering that accessibility is not just about disability. Accessibility is about increasing learning for any and all students. It is about inclusion and equality. Ultimately, it is about student success.
All courses can be accessible, and most instructors can improve access to their curricula simply by examining their assumptions and making slight modifications to methods and practices. This will improve outcomes for everyone. And that is the rationale behind universal design, the methodology by which instructors systematically increase the accessibility of their teaching.
Adopting universal design principles is easier than you might think. It doesn’t take large investments of time or tedious research. A few simple guidelines can help you evaluate your courses and pedagogy to ensure that all your students have the opportunity to perform optimally.
You can learn these universal design guidelines and how to apply them to your courses by attending Universal Design: Five Steps to Make Your Course Accessible, a Magna Online Seminar.
What are the learning goals?
Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:
- Systematically evaluate courses to identify potential barriers to student learning or demonstration of learning
- Identify two or three assumptions that could be barriers to learning
- Determine what kind of learners might be challenged by those assumptions
- Recognize three or four simple changes to make teaching more accessible
- Understand how to implement those changes for immediate improvement
Why you don’t want to miss this!
Participants will learn how to improve the accessibility of their courses and, correspondingly, the success of their students. All attendees will learn that:
- Some assumptions about students and their learning can undermine the learning of all students, and especially students with disabilities
- Small changes can eliminate large barriers to learning
Who should attend?
- Instructional Technologists
- Instructional Designers
- Learning Center Professionals
Your seminar registration includes the following:
- On-demand access
- Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
- Written transcript
- Supplemental materials
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available on-demand.
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