Web accessibility is an important consideration for libraries, librarians, instructional designers and educational institutions of all types. Accessibility for online courses refers to the measures that are taken to provide educational materials that bring the same opportunity to acquire information, engage in interactions, and enjoy services regardless of disability. In this session, we will explore accessibility in the context of universal design for learning as applied at ASU’s EdPlus, a program committed to expanding access to higher education through collaboration and innovation. The panelists will take a holistic approach as they discuss scenarios and tips for making any online environment more accessible.
Julie Allen is a senior instructional designer at Arizona State University. She began her career as a journalist before transitioning to a role as a senior editor with an instructional design department at a large online university. She quickly fell in love with the world of instructional design and hasn’t looked back since. She is passionate about building relationships with faculty and helping them design courses that are rigorous, engaging, and meaningful to students.
Laura DePue is an instructional designer at Arizona State University. She began her career by teaching Comparative Religious Studies at the college-level in both traditional and online formats. After continuing to improve her skills in the area of online teaching, she began working as an instructional designer full-time, and has specialized in the areas of accessibility, active learning, and adaptivity.
Lisa Kammerlocher is the E-Learning Offers for Arizona State University Library. She has been working with online programs at ASU’s EdPlus for the past two years. This experience has afforded her the opportunity to learn more about how universal design can improve accessibility for all students. Julie Allen and she have collaborated to make recommendations on essential levels of support for text and video.
Mary Loder is an instructional designer at Arizona State University. She has been learning about accessibility in instructional design and how to support all students through her interactions with Julie Allen, the disability resource center at ASU, and a close friend and AT specialist at Gompers. She is enthused to share what she has learned and learn from the rest of the panel’s experience as well.