While at CIT I attended a “birds-of-a-feather” session on accessibility. It seems that schools were all over the place regarding having their web pages and online courses meet accessibility standards. Some institutions allowed anything and everything to be uploaded. Others had strict procedures whereby all web pages and courses need to be approved by the Disabilities Office before upload. Most institutions fell somewhere in between.
I think the best advice I took away was to design web pages using Universal Design. One definition is:
Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
Here are some links:
Universal Design for Learning
Fast Facts for Faculty from Ohio State
Read Full Post »
I recently attended CIT2011 at SUNY Oneonta and presented a poster called:
Using a Claims Analysis Blog
to Facilitate Team Work and Critical Thinking
Team work is often problematic, both in face-to-face and online classes. First, students often do not understand how to work in teams; second, grading everyone fairly is often an issue. Over the past year an instructional designer and a faculty member devised a solution using a blog. Details of this assignment and its successes and failures will be presented.
This Claims Analysis Blog assignment was developed by Andy Smith, an online science instructor at Granite State College(GSC), and Linda Kenney, an instructional designer at GSC. Andy uses this assignment in an online Physical Geography class, which he teaches in the summer term. Linda teaches face-to-face courses at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester and has used this team blog assignment for two semesters. Andy and Linda have tweaked this assignment every term. conference abstract
I put all information about the presentation on the following website:
Read Full Post »