The Accessible Learning Institute is an intensive four-day program designed to help participants identify and resolve accessibility concerns in their courses. In creating an awareness around physical and cognitive disabilities and the learning barriers often experienced by those students, the program hopes to increase the adoption of proactive approaches to course design that will reduce the need for students to request certain types of academic accommodations that could delay student access to information.
The Accessible Learning Institute supports the university’s mission to provide quality and excellence in teaching that values a student-centered learning environment promoting inclusiveness, fairness, equity, and social justice. The program also aligns with the university’s values of fostering an environment of respect for all individuals, collaboration, and continuous program improvement.
- To increase the awareness of physical and cognitive disabilities and the types of learning barriers experienced by students with disabilities when they encounter nonflexible learning environments developed for the “average student”.
- Increase awareness of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a course development framework and an understanding of how incorporating UDL along with technology can create a more inclusive learning environment for all students.
- To increase the number of readily accessible courses which will decrease the need for students to request some common academic accommodations.
Interested in learning more about the Accessibility Institute? Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-3059.
Ready to participate? Space in the institute is limited. The next Accessible Learning Institute will be held:
Date: July 17– 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.