On April 8, 2016, Faculty Academy hosted an open workshop on accessibility, led by Instructional Designer Katie Bridges.
There were 20 faculty, including new faculty and senior faculty, in attendance for the interactive workshop that led participants through discussions of the legal background of accessibility, the practical implications, and the work that faculty need to do to make their courses compliant.
According to Bridges, “The Accessibility by Design Training was created to help faculty understand the laws surrounding accessibility requires and to provide them an opportunity to have some hands-on practice on how to make files accessible.”
Participants were actively engaged in the workshop, with many asking questions about various scenarios they have encountered in the classroom. The interactivity seemed to be a positive element for the participants and the presenter.
Bridges noted, “I was overjoyed to see the turnout; it was great to see more than just the faculty who are part of Faculty Academy in attendance.” That faculty at all ranks care about improving their courses to help students succeed is part of what makes GHC so special.
Faculty Academy and the Teaching and Learning Center plan to expand offerings the Accessibility Workshop in the coming academic year. If you’re interested in participating, make sure to keep an eye out on GHC Inform and on your GHC email.
If you have questions about accessibility in your courses and would like to arrange a consulting session with Katie, please email her directly. Additionally, you can email email@example.com and Jesse will help arrange a consultation on this or other teaching and learning issues.