Engaging All Learners, Upcoming Events

Getting Started in Designing Accessible Course Materials Workshop

  • Facilitators: Dr. Karen Myers and Michaella Thornton
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 1-3 pm
  • Busch Student Center, Room 253B

“Students with disabilities are in danger of being either excluded from the new media revolution or accommodated as after-thoughts of pedagogies that fail to anticipate their needs,” writes Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University and author of the popular website, Accessible Rhetoric (2009).

Working towards creating accessible print, web, and multimedia course materials in one’s teaching is a particularly important and inclusive piece of contemporary course design. However, for many faculty members, knowing where to begin and how to use incremental, practical accessibility and Universal Instructional Design best practices in one’s teaching is often initially overwhelming, confusing, or unclear.

Join Dr. Karen Myers, Universal Instructional Design (UID) expert, Associate Professor at Saint Louis University, and Director of the award-winning international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, and Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design and frequent regional and national presenter on creating accessible learning objects for this interactive, 2-hour workshop that starts the conversation, and helps participants build a personalized action plan, on how to integrate UID and web accessibility into course materials.

No registration is required; please bring questions, course materials and/or laptops or tablets, as this will be a hands-on, participant-led workshop.

Karen A. Myers, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Saint Louis University and Director of the award-winning international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit. She has been a college teacher and administrator for over 30 years in both academic affairs and student affairs.

Michaella Thornton is the Assistant Director for Instructional Design in the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning. Michaella leads the instructional design team in the Center, which creates, delivers, and assesses programming that assists faculty members and other instructors in the design, development, and modification of course content to take advantage of emerging learning technologies and global initiatives. In this role, she facilitates workshops and develops resources for instructors on designing accessible courses and teaching with technology.