Universal Design Think Tank

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning initiated a Think Tank session during the Exploring Learning Technology (ELT) group’s monthly meeting to discuss universal design and accessibility. About 20 people from across the institution met and used it as an opportunity to identify and discuss many of the pressing issues.

Many found it helpful to do a deeper dive on some of the current trends that can make universal design and accessibility a challenge, and some great recommendations were mentioned.

Ken Petri, OSU's ADA Coordinator, talks about some of the finer points of video captioning.

Ken Petri, OSU’s ADA Coordinator, talks about some of the finer points of video captioning.

Many stressed the importance of incorporating UDL and accessibility into the first steps of course design. This will mitigate the need to go back to the drawing board, so to speak, when presented with an issue. Others saw great value in chunking content in smaller, manageable pieces, and using html templates, such as those developed by ODEE, so they can be viewed on any device and browser. Many were concerned about the growing proliferation of video and difficulties with captioning, and Ken Petri of the ADA office, had some suggestions and thoughts about upcoming tools. Keep reading this blog for updates.

If you’re interested in learning more and would like to participate in future think tanks, please check out u.osu.edu/universaldesign/think-tank