During a recent University System of Maryland online gathering , our Assistant Vice Provost jointly presented with College Park about tips and strategies for digital accessibility. We work in partnership with DoIT, and directly with Instructional Technology, beyond our collaboration and communication with faculty and the Faculty Development Center. We are broadly sharing resources campus-wide to refresh awareness, including:
which is also posted on SDS's Information for Faculty Resource website (link). and
These postings supplement and complement ongoing work with DoIT's Instructional Technology office, their department supports Blackboard, Ultra, Collaborate, Ally (Accessibility information linked here) and more. UMBC's DoIT has a strong and enduring association with Educause that informs the drive for inclusive excellence online. The collaboration between Student Disability Services, students with accommodations, Instructional Technology and faculty/Faculty Development began when course content started to shift online and continues today.
Faculty can learn more about Instructional Technology's web-based PIVOT training here. The Planning Instructional Variety for Online Training was mentioned during this week's online Student Town Hall. Additional FAQ information and technology-based training options are also available through DoIT.
Voicethread training, and Universal Design for Learning is being promoted by Intstructional Technology via this link. (Lots of captioning provided via this app during URCAD - it's not just for faculty!)
On a broader scale, UMBC is active with the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The next Maryland meeting includes collaboration with IT and instructional Technology Departments to continue on the path of inclusive excellence.
A gentle reminder - Accessibility and Disability Services remains a resource for anyone fielding a UMBC-related accessibility question or concern. ADS and Student Disability Services are also available for accommodation questions and intakes during this period of telework, and distance learning, including if there is a change in the need for accommodation. Details can be found here:
Accessibility Concerns may be reported to our office via this link at any time. Office staff can be reached via 410-455-5745 and email@example.com during regular business hours.