5/25 Think Tank a success! Check out the recording!

Last week’s UDL and Accessibility Think Tank was a great success! Lots of great dialogue from people at OSU Columbus Campus, OSU Wooster Campus, UCAT, McKendree University, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Phoenix, and from the group Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. We also had a participant from OSU’s Office of Disability Service, Bennet Whitaker, who was able to share some fantastic insights!

If you missed it, check out the recording above!

Next Think Tank is June 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM and the topic is Accessibility of Complex Images. Register to attend virtually or in person! See you there!

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (Webinar Recording)

The Think Tank on March 16, 2016 was a great success! View the recording below!

Join the next Think Tank!

The next Think Tank topic will be Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights From the Professional World and will focus on what we can learn from the ways that people with disabilities use technology in their careers.

Register to join in person in Denny Digital Union Room 0063 or virtually via Carmen Connect.

Questions? Email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (Webinar Recording)

 

The Think Tank on March 16, 2016 was a great success! View the recording below!

Join the next Think Tank!

The next Think Tank topic will be Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights From the Professional World and will focus on what we can learn from the ways that people with disabilities use technology in their careers.

Register to join in person in Denny Digital Union Room 0063 or virtually via Carmen Connect.

Questions? Email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks Kick-Off With New Ideas and Cross-Institutional Collaboration

3-D circle with diverse faces.2016 UDL/Think Tanks off to a powerful start!

The first UDL/Accessibility Think Tank of 2016 was a great success! We had a great group of both virtual and in-person participants from a wide range of roles. In fact, we even had several other institutions join us to take part in these important conversations. Several representatives from University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and University of Phoenix attended from afar and were an invaluable addition to the group.

The group threw out their thoughts on a series of questions related to challenges they face with accessibility, questions they get from those they work with, their biggest areas of concern or confusion, etc. Upon gathering their responses and doing some analysis for patterns and themes, the following topics have been selected.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks

  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (March)
    • There’s a new tool that would be great to use in a course, what do I need to think about?
  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights from the professional world Registration Open

    • What can the professional world teach us about accessible tools in our classes?
  • Accessibility and UDL: The Art of Building Buy-In
    • How do I gain buy-in around accessibility from my colleagues and leadership?
  • Accessibility and the LMS
    • What sort of accessibility considerations must be made when building in the LMS?
  • UDL/Accessibility Done Right
    • What does it look and sound like when UDL/accessibility is done right?
  • Accessibility: Working Smarter Not Harder
    • How can we make accessibility implementation easier?
  • Forming a Strategic Approach to Captioning
    • What’s an effective way to approach a plan for captioning?
  • Getting Started with Accessibility Evaluation
    • What are the best methods/tools for faculty and staff to evaluate accessibility?
  • Working the UDL Magic
    • How do I apply or coach people to apply UDL effectively?
  • Clarifying Accessibility of Complex Images
    • How do I need to approach accessibility of complex graphs, charts, or images?

Looking forward to the insightful dialogue and shared strategies to emerge from these conversations!

Email Jessica Phillips (phillips.1507@osu.edu) with any questions.

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold

Gold glitter

Not all that glitters is gold…

At the UDL/Accessibility Think Tank on March 16 we will be discussing what to do if you find a third-party tech tool that you want to use in your class. Often companies do not take steps to make their products accessible unless someone pushes them to do so. We’ll explore some questions and beginner level evaluations you can conduct to find if the tool you want to use is likely to cause accessibility issues. In some cases, vendors are open to working with experts to improve their accessibility, which is an ideal situation because everyone can benefit!

Join the conversation around a thought process and testing to determine a tool’s accessibility and ensure that you both know how to talk about accessibility with those who might wish to use these tools and/or use these tools in your own course.

A collaborative approach

If you haven’t attended a UDL/Accessibility Think Tank, they are an informal discussion amongst multiple groups across OSU campus and multiple institutions outside of OSU. We are all facing the same questions and uncertainty around accessibility and talking together has proven to help shed light. At these sessions you’ll hear from experts as well as those in the trenches of creating accessible student experiences.

The details…

Register for the Think Tank and join the conversation! This session will be Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-3:30 PM. You can join in person in Denney Hall 0063 or virtually via CarmenConnect (register for virtual link info). If you have questions email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold

Gold glitter

Not all that glitters is gold…

At the UDL/Accessibility Think Tank on March 16 we will be discussing what to do if you find a third-party tech tool that you want to use in your class. Often companies do not take steps to make their products accessible unless someone pushes them to do so. We’ll explore some questions and beginner level evaluations you can conduct to find if the tool you want to use is likely to cause accessibility issues. In some cases, vendors are open to working with experts to improve their accessibility, which is an ideal situation because everyone can benefit!

Join the conversation around a thought process and testing to determine a tool’s accessibility and ensure that you both know how to talk about accessibility with those who might wish to use these tools and/or use these tools in your own course.

A collaborative approach

If you haven’t attended a UDL/Accessibility Think Tank, they are an informal discussion amongst multiple groups across OSU campus and multiple institutions outside of OSU. We are all facing the same questions and uncertainty around accessibility and talking together has proven to help shed light. At these sessions you’ll hear from experts as well as those in the trenches of creating accessible student experiences.

The details…

Register for the Think Tank and join the conversation! This session will be Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-3:30 PM. You can join in person in Denney Hall 0063 or virtually via CarmenConnect (register for virtual link info). If you have questions email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks Kick-Off With New Ideas and Cross-Institutional Collaboration

3-D circle with diverse faces.2016 UDL/Think Tanks off to a powerful start!

The first UDL/Accessibility Think Tank of 2016 was a great success! We had a great group of both virtual and in-person participants from a wide range of roles. In fact, we even had several other institutions join us to take part in these important conversations. Several representatives from University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and University of Phoenix attended from afar and were an invaluable addition to the group.

The group threw out their thoughts on a series of questions related to challenges they face with accessibility, questions they get from those they work with, their biggest areas of concern or confusion, etc. Upon gathering their responses and doing some analysis for patterns and themes, the following topics have been selected.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks

  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (March)
    • There’s a new tool that would be great to use in a course, what do I need to think about?
  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights from the professional world Registration Open

    • What can the professional world teach us about accessible tools in our classes?
  • Accessibility and UDL: The Art of Building Buy-In
    • How do I gain buy-in around accessibility from my colleagues and leadership?
  • Accessibility and the LMS
    • What sort of accessibility considerations must be made when building in the LMS?
  • UDL/Accessibility Done Right
    • What does it look and sound like when UDL/accessibility is done right?
  • Accessibility: Working Smarter Not Harder
    • How can we make accessibility implementation easier?
  • Forming a Strategic Approach to Captioning
    • What’s an effective way to approach a plan for captioning?
  • Getting Started with Accessibility Evaluation
    • What are the best methods/tools for faculty and staff to evaluate accessibility?
  • Working the UDL Magic
    • How do I apply or coach people to apply UDL effectively?
  • Clarifying Accessibility of Complex Images
    • How do I need to approach accessibility of complex graphs, charts, or images?

Looking forward to the insightful dialogue and shared strategies to emerge from these conversations!

Email Jessica Phillips (phillips.1507@osu.edu) with any questions.

UDL picking up steam across OSU campus, reaches students

Over the past year, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been picking up steam and a growing community across OSU campus. Most recently, it’s even reached our students and the considerations they must make in their future careers.

UDL in a nutshell

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that supports proactively designing learning experiences in order to achieve the highest level of functionality and positive user experience for the widest audience possible. In order for UDL to be effective, it requires purposeful consideration and strategy in all areas of course planning and design. The end result will be online learning that allows students to access, interact, and learn in a variety of ways, addressing the learning styles and learning needs of a wide variety of students.

UDL across OSU

In the past year, ODEE has been recognized by other institutions as a leader in UDL in Higher Education. I have myself presented at several conferences on the topic and worked one-on-one with institutions across the country.

Now as 2016 rolls forward, UDL is building steam across the OSU campus. At the January DELTA Kick-Start week, I presented on some strategies for implementing UDL in course design to approximately 15-20 faculty from across campus. This fall, I was invited to one of the regional OSU campuses to talk with their Agriculture faculty and staff about UDL. Additional training, workshops, and Think Tanks are in the works as a community for UDL grows.

Most exciting…UDL reaches students

Perhaps most exciting is that the concept of the UDL framework is now reaching students. In Autumn 2015 I presented a lecture on UDL to Dr. Kui Xie’s class of future instructional designers and educational technologists. In late January, UDL will be presented to future teachers in Dr. Joni Acuff’s Art Education course. The hope is that these students will move forward into their future careers with the UDL framework in mind, thereby creating stronger, more engaging, and more effective learning experiences for students of any age.

How you can get involved

If you’d like to join a community of UDL thinkers across campus please visit the u.osu.edu/universaldesign blog site and watch for UDL-focused ODEE events.

If you would like to request a consultation, workshop, or lecture presentation on how UDL can be implemented in your area or with your students, email Phillips.1507@osu.edu.

UDL picking up steam across OSU campus, reaches students

 

Over the past year, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been picking up steam and a growing community across OSU campus. Most recently, it’s even reached our students and the considerations they must make in their future careers.

UDL in a nutshell

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that supports proactively designing learning experiences in order to achieve the highest level of functionality and positive user experience for the widest audience possible. In order for UDL to be effective, it requires purposeful consideration and strategy in all areas of course planning and design. The end result will be online learning that allows students to access, interact, and learn in a variety of ways, addressing the learning styles and learning needs of a wide variety of students.

UDL across OSU

In the past year, ODEE has been recognized by other institutions as a leader in UDL in Higher Education. I have myself presented at several conferences on the topic and worked one-on-one with institutions across the country.

Now as 2016 rolls forward, UDL is building steam across the OSU campus. At the January DELTA Kick-Start week, I presented on some strategies for implementing UDL in course design to approximately 15-20 faculty from across campus. This fall, I was invited to one of the regional OSU campuses to talk with their Agriculture faculty and staff about UDL. Additional training, workshops, and Think Tanks are in the works as a community for UDL grows.

Most exciting…UDL reaches students

Perhaps most exciting is that the concept of the UDL framework is now reaching students. In Autumn 2015 I presented a lecture on UDL to Dr. Kui Xie’s class of future instructional designers and educational technologists. In late January, UDL will be presented to future teachers in Dr. Joni Acuff’s Art Education course. The hope is that these students will move forward into their future careers with the UDL framework in mind, thereby creating stronger, more engaging, and more effective learning experiences for students of any age.

How you can get involved

If you’d like to join a community of UDL thinkers across campus please visit the u.osu.edu/universaldesign blog site and watch for UDL-focused ODEE events.

If you would like to request a consultation, workshop, or lecture presentation on how UDL can be implemented in your area or with your students, email Phillips.1507@osu.edu.

DELTA Kickstart Week: A Student’s Perspective

Instructional Designer assisting kickstart week participants in the Digital Union.

So, I did the math. I’ve been in school mode for the past 16 years. I certainly don’t recall using the Internet for school activities as a 2nd grader in 2002, but I know that gradually, technology did become a big aspect of my education. And now, as I prepare to graduate from OSU and embark on a fully online master’s degree program, there is absolutely no escaping eLearning. Educators across our campus are embracing the inevitability of eLearning as the norm.

Which brings us to Kickstart Week…

This is why the Distance Education Learning and Teaching Academy (DELTA) January 2016 Kickstart Week exists. As a student assistant with ODEE, I had the opportunity to help facilitate this past week of learning and collaboration with educators from a wide range of OSU departments. Kickstart Week, for me, was also an intensive training on all things Distance Education.

For the group of 10-20 educators that participated in the program, they got the chance to build a course in Carmen, play around with new software and applications, and ask questions. Most importantly, they heard so many of my fantastic coworkers speak on topics such as: accessibility, Quality Matters standards, building rubrics, academic integrity, design basics, video recording, copyright law, and mobile security.

Sitting on the sidelines all week, I saw these professors light up when talking about their areas of expertise. They found new and exciting ideas for representing course content in different ways.

We explored a wide array of free online content building websites, some of which are included in the padlet below.

http://padlet.com/mfogel8/iuae84rixkpi

A new perspective…

Having never been on the teaching side of a course, it was fascinating for me to see how much consideration these professors put into their work. I was also able to share from my experience as a student at OSU, offering them different examples of how my professors have handled the situation being discussed. Walking away from Kickstart Week, I know the participants now have the ability to develop beautiful and smart online courses.

Blog post written by Megan Fogel, ODEE Student Assistant, and submitted by Jessica Phillips.