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Course Design for Everyone: Rethinking Accessibility (4-Day Workshop)
Overview: Traditionally, accessibility is understood to be a way to provide access to physical spaces and content for people with disabilities. While that is critical, it is also a narrow way of conceptualizing accessibility. This workshop will introduce participants to the theory and practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which provides a framework for designing courses, assessments, materials, methods, and learning environments that proactively account for variability in the population. UDL draws from decades of research in neuroscience, cognitive sciences, and education sciences to promote practical and conceptual frames for the design and delivery of courses. Unlike traditional approaches to accessibility, UDL advocates providing access to not just physical spaces and content, but to learning and expert learning. Unlike traditional accessibility, UDL advocates the provision of access not only to individuals with disabilities, but to everyone. This workshop will go introduce UDL theory and practice, then look specifically at participants’ courses to walk through a UDL design sequence from closely examining goals to developing well designed assessments to the provision of options for learning in methods and materials. By the end of the workshop, participants will have had the chance to re-design one unit of their course and the skills to expand these strategies to other units therein. View Workshop Times
Accessibility: Creating Accessible Course Documents (PC and Mac combined) Learn how to create electronic course documents that are accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. Small changes in how you create Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents can improve accessibility and benefit all course participants, including the instructor. This workshop is designed for Mac or Windows users of MS Office 2016, and will introduce you to the accessible UTK Course Syllabus template. NOTE: If the time of the workshop does not fit your schedule, please contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 to schedule a consultation. There are no scheduled workshop times. Contact us for more info.
Accessibility: One Shot Video and Captioning Basics One-Shot video is a simple way to produce a five minute (or shorter) single-topic video using your own available video capture technology (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, etc.) or an iPad device from OIT. You can also use Canvas or Zoom. In this workshop you will create a video, upload it to YouTube, and use the YouTube captioning tool to create closed captions. You’ll leave with an accessible instructional video that you can use immediately for your course. There are no scheduled workshop times. Contact us for more info.
Overcoming Accessibility Barriers in Assessments This workshop illustrates how instructors can apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to ensure that assessments are accessible, valid, and effective. There are no scheduled workshop times. Contact us for more info.
Overview of Web Development Get your feet wet in the world of web design and development – learn about the broad range of ways to interact with the Internet today to create websites, ranging from WordPress and blogging software to HTML, web hosting, JavaScript, web accessibility, and more. If you've always wanted to work with websites but weren’t sure where to start, or want a broader look at what is out there, this workshop will get you started in the right direction! There are no scheduled workshop times. Contact us for more info.
PowerPoint with Voiceover: Developing Narrated Presentations THIS WORKSHOP IS WINDOWS-SPECIFIC. Adding your voice to PowerPoint slides is a simple process that will turn a presentation from a plain set of slides into a self-contained instructional asset. In this workshop, you will learn how to easily record and narrate your slides, convert the file to a video format, upload the video to your UTK YouTube account, edit closed captions for accessibility, and share the YouTube link within Canvas.

This workshop is offered by appointment. Please contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 to arrange a consultation.

There are no scheduled workshop times. Contact us for more info.
Using UDL to Improve Course Design (in Canvas and the Classroom) It’s been said that “that’s the way we’ve always done it” is the most dangerous phrase in the English language. In this workshop, you’ll learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a structured approach to designing learning experiences that forms a practical, meaningful expansion of accessibility concepts. In this workshop, our UDL specialist will share from his experience as a UDL educator and researcher, provide some highlights from the recent UDL in Higher Ed conference put on the by the Tennessee Board of Regents, and generally support understanding about what UDL is, how you may get started with it in class or on Canvas, and will provide you with resources and strategies you can use immediately. There are no scheduled workshop times. Contact us for more info.