Monday, August 22, 2016

Coastal Bend College Workshop

Last week was an interesting week.  On Monday I had a 13+ hr flight back to the US from New Zealand.  Of course on each end there was additional flying time to connect to the direct Auckland-Houston flight.  Then on Thursday I did a 3.5 hr workshop at Coastal Bend College for some of the distance learning faculty about course design.  (The slides are below and on my slideshare site as is my norm.)

I thought the workshop went well.  It got positive comments from participants.  I know that for some folks what I said was just reinforcement for what I was saying.  And, there were new ideas.  It also seemed that the universal design for learning concept was new. (See previous postings here and on slideshare for UDL sessions.)

More is happening and now that I'm over the jet lag I'll be doing some other postings.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Universial Design for Learning

The past two weeks, I've done two presentations, one online and the other face-to-face about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  One was for the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ and the face-to-face one here in Dunedin for the University of Otago.  I used the same slide set for both but handled the face-to-face differently with more interaction and with the participants in teams.   I'll use the majority of the slides and approach with a group in the US when I return next week.

It was intersting in thinking about UDL for these presentations to realize I was pushing UDL a couple of decades ago.  I was a member of CoSN back then, and on the now disbanded Emerging Technologies Committee.  Then we did an annual report on things to watch -- emerging technologies -- and I pushed for a section in one report on UDL.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Designing Digital Materials That are Accessible for All Learners. A webinar for the University of Otago

I'm in Dunedin, New Zealand and will be doing a webinar for the Distance Education Office.  The topic, of course, is online accessibility.  It's interesting doing this in New Zealand because I've recently seen a posting that said New Zealand and Australia were doing a better job with accessibility than the US was.  There is a very nice piece of legislation (see slide 3)
The Human Rights Act of 1993 covers disabilities, which people have presently, have had in the past, or which they are believed to have. 
The Human Rights Act of 1993 makes discrimination unlawful when it occurs in:
  • •public education and health services
  • •and access to education.

And there's the Kia ĹŚrite - Code Of Practice: New Zealand Code of Practice for an Inclusive Tertiary Education Environment for Students with Impairments.  That provides very nice guidance for higher education.  But the Code was last updated in 2007 and doesn't mention online,websites, or distance learning.  It does recommend captioning for video though.  And it recommends staff development on the issues, so the webinar fits in very nicely.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Accessibility Issues in Online Education and Websites: Current Case Law and Resources

June 15, 2016 I've been asked to make a presentation (see slides below) to the Learning Technology Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  I've only got about 15 minutes, so the content is all in the first 10 slides.  There are relevant resources in the remaining ones, and the folks can access the full set here or on my SlideShare account.