Accessible Learning Opportunities

Technical Standards

  • The first and most basic element in providing equal access to offerings within colleges and univerities has to do with the admission policies, technical standards, and program requirements.
  • Ensuring that these are designed to be fair and that reasonable accommodation can be put in place as needed is critical.

Instructional Techniques

  • Faculty are building flexibility into their courses so students who experience health problems, family needs, work or military obligations have reasonable ways to proceed
  • Faculty are using technology in innovative and exciting ways and using best practices to do so:
    • When video is embedded online or in distance education courses, it should be captioned content and have transcripts available.
    • Tablets can be used to project examples during class and to record those examples for later review within Blackboard
    • Livescribe digital pens are used on campus in a variety of ways:
    • Recording pencasts as rich lecture notes
    • Faculty can have students take turns taking notes to share with the rest of the class
    • Supplemental Instruction type approaches use Livescribe during facilitated study sessions

Learning Management Tools for Faculty

  • Cafe sessions for faculty each semester.
  • AIEL ongoing workshops and open labs for faculty.  AIEL Instructional Designers collaborate with DSS to assist faculty with the Universal Design of instructional materials.  Learn the steps to format accessible Word, PDF and PowerPoint.  Learn about captioning video content and working with interpreters in the classroom.  Learn about Adaptive Release for Blackboard tests.
  • Blackboard offers online tutorials for how to design an accessible course. 
  • UAA WebPros offer website reviews for improving design and accessibility of your department webpages.