Thursday, October 6
10:15-10:45 AM
Room 5

Supporting Learning and Engagement of Students with Disabilities Online

Best Practices or Mentoring Moments ID: 61582
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    Sheryl Burgstahler
    University of Washington

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in an age of emergency remote teaching and learning at all academic levels. For many, teaching online was a new experience and there was no time to adopt best practices in the field. It was not a surprise that many if not most of these courses were not fully accessible to and inclusive of some students, including English language learners and students with disabilities that impact the ability to see, hear, use their hands, learn, perform executive functions, interact, and pay attention. In this interactive session the presenter will share a framework for inclusive design of online learning underpinned by principles of universal design applied to pedagogy and technology design that can lead to more accessible and inclusive online learning experiences for everyone, including those with disabilities. Throughout she will also invite participants to share experiences and practices regarding the delivery of inclusive courses. Participants will discuss how the universal design framework can be incorporated into preservice and in-service instruction for teachers and instructional designers. Useful resources for further study will be shared by the presenter and participants, including those that list tips for getting started in teaching accessible and inclusive online courses as well as those that include comprehensive content for instructors, online learning designers, and those who offer professional development.

Presider: Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington


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