By designing a class properly, an instructor can address the needs of certain students while making the coursework more accessible to everyone. On February 27th, William & Mary’s eLearning Initiatives hosted a workshop on accessibility featuring presentations on students with disabilities, the history of disability and accessibility, and ways to make classes more accessible. Josh Burk and Karin Wulf, co-chairs of William & Mary’s Neurodiversity Working Group, presented, as well as Jessica Cowing with William & Mary’s equality lab and Julia Kott and Leslie Cropper from eLearning Initiatives.
Part of eLi’s series of workshops, “Navigating your Digital Learning Environment,” February 27th’s installment focused on the Pathways to obtaining class objectives. The workshop ended with three easy ways to make coursework more accessible: closed captioning, alternative text captions, and screen-readable content. Techniques like these make classes accessible for people with disabilities and make class easier for everybody by presenting multiple ways to access information.
The third and final workshop in the DLE series will take place on March 27th in the Ford Classroom, and will highlight landmarks of the Digital Learning Environment and how to assess the progress of students. See our calendar for more information on the workshop and to see other eLearning events, and contact an eLearning specialist to learn more about William & Mary’s eLearning Initiatives.