Accessibility Presentation

Accessibility Presentation

This week some members of my FLC presented at an MSU Academic Advancement Network (AAN; formerly FOD) Teaching and Learning seminar (formerly Lilly seminars). We had a great group of participants. I have recently been introduced to the idea of sketchnotes – where you draw your notes instead of simply writing words (think, infographic style). I am interested in learning more about this process, but I am also hesitant because I am rarely happy with my illustrations the first time through, and they do take me some time to complete. Combine that with the fact that I haven’t played much with combining text and drawing on my tablet, and there is going to be a learning curve.

So I decided to try to sketchnote my blog post today to practice this skill a bit. My handwriting on the tablet could use a little improving, but overall I feel it hits on the main points.

Please see the linked text file in the blog post for a description

And to be accessible, you can read a text description of the image.

 

Faculty Learning Communitites

Faculty Learning Communitites

Michigan State provides a type of professional development for faculty and academic staff called Faculty Learning Communities (FLC). These are small groups that meet monthly and focus on specific topics like academic integrity or enriching the international student experience. Last spring, I joined the FLC on accessibility through creative innovation. We are dedicated to creating and revising accessible materials for the online learning environment. By examining and implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards, we focus on not only how to improve our own courses, but also how to help other faculty wrestling with these same issues.

Starting last spring, the FLC took on the task of creating a self-enrollment course on the university’s course management system, Desire 2 Learn (D2L). We worked with the MSU Web Accessibility Team to design a course that provides resources to faculty to help them navigate creating a new course, remediating an existing course, managing a VISA request, or learning more about the theories behind ULD and accessibility.┬áIf you’re an MSU faculty or staff and would like to check out our course, log into D2L, click on the “Self-Registration” tab in the top right corner, and then choose the Accessibility & Universal Design for Learning course. In addition to resources for accessibility, faculty can also request new tutorials if you have a need we do not address. We recognize requirements and resources change, so we plan to continuously update the course.