Category Archives: Instructional Design

Heading Down the Path of Universal Design

My role at Ivy Tech includes facilitating professional development workshops. These usually range from demonstrating how to use a particular instructional technology, integrate social media to increase student engagement, and include design changes that can make the f2f, hybrid, and online classroom more engaging and interactive. I recently had a request to offer a workshop about Universal Design. This is not an easy topic and admittedly, I wanted to do some research because I knew my knowledge on this was limited. I found there are many websites, but few give specific examples of what to DO to make your course universally accessible (especially for those of us who are not website designers, we are just using the tools available to us in an LMS such as Blackboard).

One of the most helpful resources was the Course Sites MOOC titled Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Learning developed by Beth Stinson and Jarl Jonas. Admittedly, I did not work through it as an actual course, but skimmed through the resources and examples.  There were a few other sites I found helpful and those are included on my tip sheet: 10 Steps Down the Path of Universal Design. My goal was to provide a list of 10 reasonably simple and easy steps faculty could take to help make their course more accessible to the majority of students.

This list is not exhaustive but I think it is a step in the right direction! I tried to use these recommendations in order to make my tip sheet more accessible too! I welcome comments and suggestions for other ways to make courses more accessible, especially those that are being built in an LMS!



Why Should We Re-engineer Teaching?

There are many reasons we should rethink how we teach. Click on the link below to view a Prezi that highlights just a few of these reasons. When you are ready for the conversation, please stop by the IDC for resources to assist you! (You don’t have to re-create the wheel when you re-engineer it!) (If WordPress is giving a hassle viewing the embedded Prezi, you can click to view it.)

Student use of Jing for Assessing the Web

An online technologies course we have in development includes a section where students are required to review web resources while recording their feedback and thoughts in real time.

Interactive Student Grading using Jing

More interactive feedback for students can increase student engagement. Jing is a piece of free software that can make this easy.

A New Take on Bloom’s Taxonomy

This just goes to show, Bloom’s Taxonomy is still relevant! The taxonomy remains the same but the tools we use to encourage higher levels of thinking and learning change.