Over the past month, the MSU IT Academic Technology team offered several webinars for educators that focused on accessibility. Of the nine webinars offered, three were accompanied or led by RCPD staff Leslie Johnson, Assistant Director of Assistive Technology, and Ashley Maloff, Chronic Health Ability Access Specialist.
The Accessibility Panel Discussion webinar, which included Leslie as one of the panel members, educated faculty on how to create accessible learning materials and courses so that all students can engage fully with the materials and learn at their full potential.
Leslie was joined by Ashley in another webinar titled, “The Types of Disabilities that Affect MSU Students,” which raised awareness among educators on the various disabilities that their students may face and explored strategies to effectively accommodate these disabilities.
The final webinar that Leslie and Ashley were a part of was the “Classroom Strategies from a UDL Perspective” webinar, co-led by Leslie and Ashley, highlighted the need for flexibility and understanding in course design practices—especially during a time of remote learning and work. Through implementing a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle, Leslie, Ashley, and other presenters discussed the ways educators can create courses that serve the needs of a diverse student population.
While the webinars that our very own RCPD staff presented at have come and passed, we strongly encourage educators to attend the last remaining accessibility webinar of July, “Kaltura Mediaspace: Creating and Sharing Instructional Videos”, on July 29th from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET. Register here: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcu2rpz4sGtQ1kZa_4OheB3caBRRe8yjF