Accessibility Features in iOS, Lori Wetzel and Tanya Leon

Accessibility Features in iOS

This session provides an opportunity to learn about and explore the accessibility features of Apple devices.

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This session provides an opportunity to learn about and explore the accessibility features of Apple devices. This session is for all teachers who are interested in better serving all students, especially students with IEPs, 504 plans, and English Language Learners. This workshop builds on the foundations of Universal Design for Learning and includes dynamic ways to use Apple devices to meet all students’ needs.

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  • Become familiar with the Accessibility features built into the iOS ecosystem.
  • Experience Accessibility features hands-on.  
  • Consider how students will utilize Accessibility features.
  • Explore options for introducing Accessibility features to students and reinforcing its use after the initial introduction.

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January 31, 2022

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Road Trip UDL: Designing Digital Environments with UDL as the Roadmap

With UDL as a design roadmap, we can create environments that are accessible, engaging, and supportive of learner variability. In this session, we’ll examine ways to use the UDL guidelines to design virtual (and hybrid) learning environments, as well as design tips that are transferable to in-person environment design. 

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Remote teaching and learning might appear to be a bumpy road-but it doesn’t have to be! UDL rockstars, start your engines! With UDL as a design roadmap, we can create environments that are accessible, engaging, and supportive of learner variability. In this session, we’ll examine ways to use the UDL guidelines to design virtual (and hybrid) learning environments, as well as design tips that are transferable to in-person environment design. We’ll explore strategies, tips, and exemplars to boost student engagement in virtual or hybrid environments, improve the accessibility of online content, and optimize choice in digital spaces. By the end of the session, participants will have concrete strategies for creating universally designed virtual environments to capture, boost, and sustain student engagement.

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By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate my virtual learning environment
  • Identify best practices for universally designed digital environments
  • Practice using tech tools to boost engagement, foster collaboration, reflection
  • Plan to use 3+ strategies or tools to support learner engagement

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Consider the following questions. Collect your responses on a document – written or typed

  • Consider your digital learning environment. What tools or options are provided to get learners excited, motivated to learn?
  • What resources are provided to help learners understand content?
  • What tools or options are provided for learners to show what they know?
  • Are there high tech, low tech, no tech options available?

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Brenny Kummer

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UDL in Higher Education: Passing on the Torch

This session will share the vision of one college in threading UDL throughout the entire teacher preparation program. 

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The implementation of UDL in higher education provides students in all areas of study engaging, accessible, and flexible learning. This breaks the mold of how higher education has traditionally looked. Moreover, teacher preparation programs have the additional responsibility to equip their graduates with the appropriate knowledge and practices to go into the profession and provide accessible and engaging instruction for all students in K-12. This session will share the vision of one college in threading UDL throughout the entire teacher preparation program. Explicitly teaching and modeling of the UDL principles, guidelines, and checkpoints for conceptual understanding to develop skill acquisition. Additionally, providing multiple opportunities for students to apply the knowledge when they are conducting field work in local schools. Through this process, we pass on the torch of UDL practices used in college classes to K-12 classrooms.

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Stephanie L. Craig

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January 25, 2022

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UDL & An Accessible Driven Life

Legislation and policy are shaping the development of all facets of Irish education. Underlining many of these developments are issues embedded in inclusive practice and rights-based approaches to education. This presentation discusses the implications of these approaches with an emphasis on the impact for higher education.

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Legislation and policy are shaping the development of all facets of Irish education. Underlining many of these developments are issues embedded in inclusive practice and rights-based approaches to education. This presentation discusses the implications of these approaches with an emphasis on the impact for higher education. Furthermore, the presentation explores accessible practice and current trends around creating accessible educational material as part of an overarching Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach in one higher education institution in Ireland. The presentation additionally focuses on an accessibility practitioner’s involvement in the development of a Community of Practice (CoP) on campus that would influence and drive more inclusive educational practice. The presentation also discusses the close relationship between UDL, accessibility and technology and the impact that can have on higher education institutions. The presentation concludes with practical tips on developing accessible practice and discuss the inherent benefits of utilizing communities of practice.

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Thomas O’Shaughnessy

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January 24, 2022

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Accessibility in Multimedia: Updating the Theories Behind Online Course Design

This session examines recent developments in instructional design theories that impact how we prepare and present online content. 

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Convenience and accessibility have instigated strong growth in the deployment of computer facilitated learning, but the wide variations in design approaches seen today indicates the value of promulgating research-based guidelines for these courses. This session examines recent developments in instructional design theories that impact how we prepare and present online content. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between UDL and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, especially how Mayer’s recent research on boundary conditions can support the tenets of UDL for learners of all abilities. Examples of accessible multimedia instruction will be shown, as well as empirical data on the efficacy of various presentation styles. 

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Hal Hinderliter

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January 20, 2022

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Exploring Universal Design for Learning with Dr. Eric Moore Podcast

Dr. Eric Moore joins the hosts of the Trending Education podcast to discuss his work evangelizing UDL and helping Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) to build more inclusive design practices.

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The host of Trending Education, Mike Palmer, facilitates a discussion between Dr. Eric Moore and Dr. Dawn DiPeri. Dr. Eric Moore, an internationally recognized Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility consultant, specializes in the theory and practice of UDL, especially in the context of higher education. Dr. Dawn DiPeri is a Learning Designer at Harvard University. In this podcast, the three of them discuss UDL and its impact on Instructional Design. Together they explore the deep connections between UDL, access, the Digital Divide, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the podcast, Exploring Universal Design for Learning with Dr. Eric Moore.   

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December 13, 2021

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Expedition E-Learning: UDL As Our Compass

Expedition eLearning: UDL As Our Compass

Learn how UDL can be utilized to prepare for extended emergency eLearning, remove barriers as eLearning (virtual learning is underway), help support staff, and help guide the design of more inclusive, accessible online learning environments.

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Weeks of virtual, remote teaching have been an unexpected journey for us all, filled with unique roadblocks and surprises. However, using UDL as the guiding compass in training, preparing, removing barriers, lesson design, and more can help make the journey much more enjoyable. Learn how UDL can be utilized to prepare for extended emergency eLearning, remove barriers as eLearning (virtual learning is underway), help support staff, and help guide the design of more inclusive, accessible online learning environments. Get examples of UDL in action during eLearning to help guide future planning and reflect upon the past weeks of virtual learning, identify lessons learned, and develop plans for future success.

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Brenny Kummer
Nick Williams

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December 3, 2020

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Accessibility and Google

Presenters Christopher Patnoe and Laura Allen share the accessibility features of Google with which you may not be familiar.

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Presenters Christopher Patnoe and Laura Allen share the accessibility features of Google with which you may not be familiar. 

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Christopher Patnoe
Laura Allen

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November 30, 2020

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Corgi: Digital graphic organizers for building higher-order thinking skills.

Corgi: Digital Graphic Organizers

Learn about Corgi, a set of digital graphic organizers with lots of built-in accessibility tools and supports.

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We love graphic organizers. They’re tried and true teaching tools. But on paper, they can present barriers. Inaccessible to many assistive technologies, some learners can’t use them at all.

That’s why we’ve created Corgi, a set of digital graphic organizers with lots of built-in accessibility tools and supports. We’re aiming to make graphic organizers work better for every student in every learning environment. 

Corgi is a free web-based application that works with Google Classroom. Come try it out, learn how to utilize it with students, and preview new features we’re currently designing for Corgi 2.0!

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Cara Wojcik
Jenna Gravel

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November 30, 2020

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UDL in Video Games

Dr. Matthew Marino, Kiera Anderson, and Jacob Brewer discuss how to leverage UDL to enhance accessibility and executive function as well as enhance STEM performance and persistence for all students.

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Dr. Matthew Marino, Kiera Anderson, and Jacob Brewer discuss how to leverage UDL to enhance accessibility and executive function as well as enhance STEM performance and persistence for all students.

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Matthew Marino
Kiera Anderson
Jacob Brewer

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November 24, 2020

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