Lightning Ideas: Access

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Senate Chamber

Hear from presenters from three institutions who are using grant resources, innovative tools and principles of Universal Design for Learning to create open source solutions that make learning more affordable and accessible to all.

Having Fun with Open Textbook Adoption and Assignments

Heather Caprette

We know that college textbooks have increased more than three times that of inflation in the U.S. since 1977. How can we be certain who can afford textbooks and who can’t? In this example, we’ll share our story of a successful adoption of an open textbook, Theatrical Worlds, and how students created interactive learning resources for each other using Pressbooks with the H5P plugin. We’ll share instructions for these assignments created for a Designing with Open Educational Resources grant, and you’ll see examples of interactive learning content created by Introduction to Theater students.

Abolishing the Textbook through OERs

Lauren Hensley, Jacob Bane, Timothy Lombardo, Ken Matthias

This will be a high-energy presentation of the Affordable Learning Exchange-funded project underway in ESEPSY 1159: Online Learning Strategies and Skills. This fully online, two-credit elective teaches undergraduates how to develop and apply strategies for college success (e.g., active reading and listening, metacognitive study skills, time management, motivational regulation). Members of the ESEPSY 1159 instructional team will share their story of being compelled to make a change in the course materials in light of students’ increasingly frequent requests to engage with online, interactive instructional materials over the standard textbook. We will discuss the arguments that won us over to the use of open educational resources (OERs) and provide a look into the collaborative revision process thus far. We also will engage the audience in considering their own purposes and processes for implementing OERs.

The Superpowers of Accessibility and Universal Design

Mel Edwards

As citizens of the educational universe, we know the law, crime doesn't pay, and that good design saves the day. But do your student self-starters know there's no need for a bat signal? Do your faculty change agents feel prepared to swoop in to aid all learners? Come ready to toe the line, shoulder-to-shoulder with the “superpowers” of accessibility and Universal Design, and step into the future together. This presentation is for those with a can-do attitude to develop actions to further serve learners and faculty. Leave with solutions that can be replicated anywhere (regardless of resources), tools and resources to increase student success.

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