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Attendees at AccessibleU workshop

How to Be a Better, More Accessible, U

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Jessica Phillips

Jessica Phillips, Senior Instructional Designer and Universal Design and Accessibility Coordinator in the Office of Distance Learning and eLearning at The Ohio State University, recently presented a full day of workshops for faculty and staff at UT.

Her presentations included Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility tricks and tips. One presentation centered on how to build buy-in, which begins with answering the “Why?” Then, we learned about building a community of practice where the institution comes alive with accessibility discussions in every forum and format. Lastly, we were pleased to see how simple changes in our own routines (like always using style headings in Word documents) can make such a huge difference for all. We emerged from the workshops overflowing with concrete “next steps” for ourselves and ideas to bring to our colleagues.

OIT’s Instructional Support staff and the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center will develop sessions to deliver what they learned to a larger population of faculty and staff over the next few months.