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Accessibility and Course Design: Considerations for Instructors and Course Designers Using Learning Management Systems Nicole Bohn, DPRC Nora Scully, DPRC.

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1 Accessibility and Course Design: Considerations for Instructors and Course Designers Using Learning Management Systems Nicole Bohn, DPRC Nora Scully, DPRC Noelia Mendoza, AT SF State University

2 Outline Before the First Click Simple Course Design Strategies Course Management Cross Campus Collaboration Resources Q & A 2

3 Before the First Click 3

4 ADA is Civil Rights Legislation The original intent of the ADA: o to protect the civil rights of peoples with disabilities and ensure equal access and opportunity. 4

5 Institutional Barriers for Students Proof of disability Eligibility verifications Accommodation referral Self identify as disabled to professor Expectation on students to state their case 5

6 Reasons why student may not seek out accommodations Red tape perception Fear and Identity issues Desires to avoid negative social reactions Insufficient knowledge of whats available Negative experiences with faculty 6

7 Adaptive Technology Use Proficiency using Jaws, Zoom Text… Cognitive map of internet structure, common software and browser functionality Familiarity with LMS structure and functionality 7

8 After the first click The next obstacle course… Course Design and Layout LMS and Course Management 8

9 LMS Constraints Working accessibility within the parameters of the Learning Management System. 9

10 Course Design And Layout Seek access for everyone Design for diverse learning styles Identify and map your learning objectives to activities and assessments Allow for varied expression of outcomes Simple consistent layouts 10

11 Naming and Labeling Hierarchical ordering Descriptive labels, using consistent file naming conventions Use Moodle styles (e.g., heading 1) for course titles, topic titles and subtitles. High contrast, adjustable fonts and colors Labels should match reference to them in the syllabus 11

12 Naming and Labeling II Inform of new window or pop-up Avoid abbreviations file name should include the file type or three letter extension Example: Biology333syllabus.rtf Avoid redundancies Example: Use the name "Journal Week 1" instead "Weekly Journal" 12

13 Standard Accessibility Stuff Functional alternate text for images Information conveyed with color is also conveyed without the use of color. Use table summaries and header rows Remove/hide unused blocks or features Links to plugins, specialized software applications (e.g., downloadable file readers) 13

14 Course Management Student Course Overview Course Administration 14

15 Student Course Overview Start of the semester with syllabus Tour of LMS course (LMS course overview) Profile setting (Screen Reader) Support/Help o Quick Guides/How–to Resources o iLearn Central (moodle system updates) o iLearn (Moodle) Support Block o Add support account Communication protocols 15

16 Course Administration Quiz Strategies Communication Strategies 16

17 Quiz Strategies Two concurrent quizzes o 1 regularly timed quiz o 1 alternate quiz with password protection Single quiz for all students o Student with accommodation takes password protected quiz before or after the general class Accommodation proctor, reader, or writer Adjust Gradebook 17

18 Direct Communication Strategies Quickmail ( Block) o Single student, multiple or groups of students News Forum o Post course announcements o Newest announcement always at top o Posting is always visible for student reference o A copy is ed to students (Single or Digest) o A copy posted in Latest News Block 18

19 Indirect Communication: Blocks o Latest News feeds from News Forum o Upcoming events Due date feeds: quizzes, assignments, and calendar o Calendar Due date feeds: quizzes, assignments, and events o Activities Block Index of activities by type, lists due/close dates, grades 19

20 Communication CHAT: How do you communicate with students in your course most often? Post your answer via chat. 20

21 Cross Campus Collaboration Suite of accessible tools Development of Policy Development of triad project management model 21

22 Suite Of Accessible Tools iLearn, Diva, e-Portfolio Web conferencing Course Stream Quick Guides Access site Syllabus tool VPAT Database 22

23 Syllabus Tool Online template Compelling, easy-to-use and accessible Record of course learning outcomes Departmental learning outcomes College and institutional goals and outcomes Record of student achievement Transfer of institutional knowledge 23

24 Online Educational Policy Educational effectiveness Recognition and Compensation Accessibility Technical and pedagogical support Intellectual property and academic integrity Security Communication and Scheduling 24

25 Summary Awareness of institutional barriers Working with design and course management best practices within parameters of LMS Work collaboratively to develop tools, process and policy to support universal access 25

26 Accessible Tools What are the accessible tools you use at your campus that you would like us to share with us? Place names and URLs in the chat window 26


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