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We would like to create a plan for how we move from conversations about accessibility and accommodations, toward discussion about inclusivity.
Yes, that’s helpful. UDL is exactly the road we are traveling. Thank you.
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Going well...we have an awesome multidisciplinary team that includes the library, IT, faculty and disability services. Lots of good information and planning
Going well: Our community college has a Universal Design expert, a professional graphic designer, working with Learning Accommodations.
It's being discussed, which I think is a huge first step and is pointing us in the right direction.
Bringing the issue to the forefront of discussions. Several technologies are being considered that had been on the back burner.
It was something that person pitched, a passion of his.
We increased support with Instructional Design support. Then IT provided additional hardware when needed to faculty.
As part of his retirement route, he transitioned from a position within the Art & Design department (where I am) to Learning Accommodations.
Some students are struggling with having all materials accessible only online — they want printed materials as much as possible, but my school has had to scramble to bring even a portion of our course materials to print rather than online. This is actually a big accessibility issue for us, since some students struggle with everything being online. But I’m not privy to other accessibility questions — we don’t have a formal instructional design team set up
While leadership and faculty have technology as their primary concerns, our Learning Technology group is to focus on pedagogy rather than technology.
They got some funding from MAICEI to offer a workshop with faculty stipend.
There is more faculty interest than they can accommodate currently.
I have another meeting and need to leave early. Thank you for this really important session. Be safe and stay well!
(I mean that the expert cannot accommodate all the faculty who want help.)
The biggest hurdle I think is getting everyone on the same page -- we can make recommendations and offer our services, but we need that faculty buy-in so that accessibility is across the board instead of in various pockets around the college
Not having a clear idea of what the semester will look like...uncertainty provides some urgency but planning for EVERY possibility is hard with limited staff and time
A question for Robin: It sounds like your school has a great team. May I ask where?
Vermont Technical College
We have a new CTO and she is amazing
I like the point about retro-fitting being inefficient and expensive. And then of course you have that course ready for future semesters.