Introduction The Loyola Digital Accessibility Conference was organized by graduate students in the digital humanities program at Loyola University. The event drew presenters and attendees from all over the country, including a team who called in from University of California-Davis! Content Specialist Christine Scherer and Learning Designer Krissy Wilson represented the School of Professional Studies Distance Learning department on the Tackling Large Scale Accessibility panel. The presentations covered a wide range of issues, from accessibility of digital library resources to podcast transcripts to retrofitting inaccessible web pages. But there were common themes raised throughout the conversations. One theme was that
In March’s Online Learning Webinar, Learning Designer Krissy Wilson presented background information on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and five easy ways to incorporate UDL into an online course. Faculty attendees shared ideas and strategies they’ve used in past courses. You can watch a recording of the webinar on BlueJeans. As a follow-up to a question in the webinar, anchor tags can be used in Canvas. For more information, see this thread from the Canvas Community.
On February 8, 2018, I attended and presented at this year’s ICCHE-ACHE Great Lakes Joint Conference. The conference theme was Learning to Change, and many of the presentations focused on the necessity and challenge of change, especially in professional/continuing education. I was also lucky enough to present on accessibility in online education and shared the story of our office’s continuing growth in this area. Keynote: Change Management and Conscious Competence The conference began with a keynote by Carolyn Nordstrom, the Vice President of Faculty and Academic Resources at Kaplan University. Drawing upon her decades of experience in teaching and higher
The instructor bio is such a simple, basic part of the course that it can be easy to overlook its importance. When so much time is taken up with assignment rubrics, video scripts, and discussion prompts, thinking of how to describe yourself to students can seem pretty minor. But it is worth thinking about. The instructor bio is often the first introduction that students will have to you–as an educator, as a subject matter expert, and as a person. So it’s key to make a good first impression with an instructor bio that students will want to read. Quality Matters
The SPS Distance Learning Department wishes you a very happy holiday season. We celebrated the end of the year with a Festive Smorgasboard, featuring a hot chocolate bar, holiday bake-off, and Secret Santa gift exchange! The Distance Learning Department will be closed from December 22 through January 2. We’re looking forward to the new year and are excited to learn, design, and educate together with our colleagues!