ODEE’s first Think Tank was a great success! Jessica Phillips (ODEE Instructional Designer), Ken Petri (Director of Web Accessibility), and Pete Bossley (OCIO Accessibility Analyst) co-facilitated this session, joined by about 15 people from all over campus. These minds came together and first engaged in dialogue around how they define Universal Design for Learning and accessibility. The group stated such things as: designing with all learners in mind, leveling the playing field, designing for maximum usability, and the fact that accessibility considerations benefit all students.
The dialogue also brought up areas of common issue, need, or interest for future Think Tanks. Overall what stood out was the importance of designing with accessibility and universal design in mind from the earliest stages of course or program development, the benefit of chunking content into more manageable pieces, using HTML templates that are designed to be accessible, captioning solutions, Read Speaker, and ongoing training.
Stay tuned for information on the next Think Tank, which will be scheduled in early April 2015. In the meantime, feel free to contribute ideas, suggestions, or continue the conversation in our virtual Think Tank or contact Jessica Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.