During this session, attendees will learn about practical steps they can take to enhance the inclusivity and accessibility of their courses.
Sheryl Burgstahler, founder and director of Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington, will lead this session, leveraging her extensive expertise in creating inclusive and accessible educational experiences through the use of technology. Through her talk, she aims to empower participants with the skills and knowledge to:
Implement the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to address the educational needs of all learners based on scientific insights, such as providing various options for students to access course information.
Improve student learning outcomes by applying Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to ensure that digital content can be accessed by all learners, such as using headings to create proper page structure in your course documents.
Burgstahler, a national leader in (inclusive teaching founded and directs Accessible Technology Services—which includes the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the IT Accessibility (ITAT) Team—at the University of Washington. These dynamic groups promote:
The development of self-determination skills, use of mainstream and assistive technology, and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers; and
The universal design (UD) of learning opportunities, facilities, websites, digital materials, and services to ensure that they are accessible to, usable by, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a renowned expert who has delivered hundreds of presentations and authored numerous publications, including the books Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education: A Universal Design Toolkit (2020) and Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice (2015).