Students will learn how to make online instruction accessible to students with a wide variety of disabilities. We will start by laying the foundation for understanding Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility standards. In the second session, we will focus on applying the concepts of UDL and Accessible Design to the unique challenges of online library instruction. Students are encouraged to bring real world problems or questions from their own practice to the second session.
At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
Understand the basics of of disability in the social context
Students will develop a basic understand the basics of assistive and adaptive technology and its role in higher education
Describe obstacles faced by disabled students when accessing online content
Design online learning objects that are accessible
Angie Brunk, MLS, MA (journalism) is an experienced public service librarian and recently completed an MAS in Human Factors and Usability testing (think user experience design) specializing in accessibility. She has taught basic graphic design courses for communications majors and incorporated basic graphic design into her practice as a librarian. Ms. Brunk has published conference proceedings and presentations on various aspects of accessibility and libraries. Her recent presentations include:
A poster and short paper for the Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology
Presentation on accessible and inclusive design for library marketing at Library Marketing and Communications
An article on Accessible and Inclusive Design for the Marketing Library Services newsletter
A book chapter on gamification and accessibility in an anthology published by the Association of College and Research Libraries
Other recent projects include accessibility audits for a library software vendor and a museum. In addition to being born with a visual impairment, she has served on disability services advisory boards at three universities and worked with numerous students with disabilities.