Providing high quality education is a matter of social justice, and ‘Universal Design for Learning’ (UDL) is an innovative framework that supports all learners – regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, gender, language, cognitive, physical, and emotional background. Accessible content benefits all users. As more learning and assessment takes places online, it is of fundamental importance that we provide digital content that meets the varied needs of all students and staff. The transition to Canvas provides an ideal opportunity to ensure this occurs.
This event will feature presentations on how to embed Universal Design into Canvas and your teaching practices followed by a panel discussion.
Time and date: Thursday. 7 September 2017 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST
Location: S226 MECO Seminar room, John Woolley Building, A20, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney
|12.00-12.15||Welcome and Introduction
Professor Gerard Goggin, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Professor of Media & Communications, Media & Communications
|12.15-12.30||Universal Access & Design
Sarah Houbolt, TEDxSydney speaker and University of Technology Sydney, Equity & Diversity Unit accessibility specialist
|12.30-12.45||What Canvas can offer for Educators & Students
Dr Danny Liu, Senior Lecturer In Academic Development & Leadership, Educational Innovation Team
|12.45-1.00||The Privilege of Normalcy
Dr Sheelagh Daniels-Mayes, Lecturer in Education & Social Work, Sydney School of Education & Social Work
|1.00-1.15||Practical Approaches to Following Universal Design for Learning Principles Within Canvas
Dr Michelle Bonati, Associate Lecturer in Special & Inclusive Education, Sydney School of Education & Social Work
|10 minute break|
|1.25-1.45||Panel Discussion led by Chair, Professor Gerard Goggin
|1.45-2.00||Q&A and closing of session
led by Professor Gerard Goggin
You may also want to check out some resources and tips on accessibility and Canvas:
- Why think about accessibility in the new LMS?
- Creating accessible content in Canvas
- Thinking Accessibility – poster – stick this up on your office wall for quick tips on designing and testing for accessibility
- Thinking Accessibility – one-pager – more detailed information and links to useful resources
- Why Design Matters When Keeping Students’ Attention Online
- TED Talk: When we design for disability, we all benefit. Elise Roy.
- TED Talk: How technology allowed me to read. Ron McCallum.
- Microsoft’s Inclusive Design Toolkit