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Growing Online Learning

Growing Online Learning 2019: Accessibility: The Road to Success

Tuesday, February 19th - Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Growing Online Learning 2019 Flyer PDF

Keynote:
Accessibility: A Civil Right

with Vance Martin, Ph.D.
Campus Accessibility Specialist
Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS)
University of Illinois Springfield
Accessibility: A Civil Right

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 12:00pm to 01:00pm

Vance Martin, Ph.D.
Campus Accessibility Specialist
Center for Online Learning,Research,and Service (COLRS), University of Illinois Springfield


When we hear the phrase “civil rights” it is often seen from the lens of racial equality within the United States, but this phrase now encompasses a larger social movement based on factors such as race, gender and sexual identity, and (dis)ability. In this presentation we will examine the history of disabilities within the United States, as well as its place within civil rights overall. This will set the stage for the federal laws concerning accessibility, and the role educators must play to support the civil rights of all their students.

Recorded Session will be available following the conference.

Mapping Your Success: Universal Design for Learning

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 02:00pm to 03:00pm

Zach Petrea
Associate Professor of English
Heartland Community College


With every new teaching fad that pops up, I struggle with the difference between my personal learning process and student learning processes. Often, I like an idea but it proves unworkable for students in real learning environments. However, using the UDL framework as a guide to designing your instruction and assessments it is possible to account for the natural variability in learners through accessible curriculum, authentic assessments, and greater student engagement. In short, following sound research in neuroscience UDL will allow you to intentionally design effective learning experiences which will reduce barriers for all students.

Recorded Session will be available following the conference.

Simple Solutions: Accessibility for Audio and Video Resources

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am

Robin Fisch
Instructional Designer
Sauk Valley Community College

Lori Wendt
Learning Management System Specialist
Parkland College


Accessibility compliance is a hot topic among higher education faculty these days. But attaining compliance can be a monumental task. There are some easy steps to getting started, though; and one is ensuring that your audio and video resources are accessible for all right from the start. In this session, we’ll cover some basic principles to consider when choosing multimedia content for your course as well as how to ensure that your own content is captioned and transcripted. Two colleges will share their processes, training programs, and best practices for their faculty.

Recorded Session will be available following the conference.

Moving Down the Road to Success: How to Approach Accessibility

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 02:00pm to 03:00pm

Kona Jones
Director Online Learning
Richland Community College

Scott Rial
Director of Educational Technology
College of Lake County

Susan Nugent
Online Support and Instructional Technology Specialist
Lake Land College


Accessibility is an important consideration in Higher Education. Yet, there is no well laid out path for Colleges to take as they seek to ensure they are meeting Federal guidelines. In this session, accessibility champions at three Illinois Community Colleges (College of Lake County, Lake Land College, and Richland Community College) will discuss how their Institution has approached accessibility. Each school is at a different place in their journey, but the overall conversation will include first steps, tools used, where they are at in the process, and some tips and suggestions of best practices when working with faculty.

Recorded Session will be available following the conference.

Moving Down the Road to Success: How Different Learning Management Systems Address Accessibility

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am

Kona Jones
Director Online Learning
Richland Community College

Selom Assignon
Instructional Design Manager
Harold Washington College

Lara Tompkins
Instructional Technologist
College of DuPage


What does accessibility look like in Blackboard, Brightspace (D2L), and Canvas? This panel discussion will cover how each of the different learning management systems are addressing accessibility issues as well as the challenges they face. Session participants will gain an understanding of the different built-in tools, 3rd party tools, and the overall pros and cons of each.

Recorded Session will be available following the conference.

Digital Access and YOU

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 02:00pm to 03:00pm

Becky Benkert
Instructional Designer
College of DuPage

Mike Maxse
Instructional Designer
College of DuPage


This session will provide an exploration of common, easy-to-access tools that make digital content accessible to all. The session will focus on readily available Office functionality that improves digital access for all users and devices.

Recorded Session will be available following the conference.

For more information, contact Jeff Newell - jeff.newell@illinois.gov