Irene Duranczyk and Jeanne Higbee from the University of Minnesota shared some interesting tips on how to make sure your online course and materials are accessible to those with special needs and how to ensure inclusion and multiculturalism through course content.

My Notes:

Prezi – presentation software that is non-linear (they used it during the presentation; very cool!)

Universal design – design to be usable by all to greatest extent possible

Written description for any visual, objective description

Universal Instructional Design (UID)
– Create a welcoming and respectful environment
– accessibility tools – ms office, adobe reader, Google docs

Making Word Docs More Accessible
– styles, use a style sheet in ms office, right click on the style – helps students using reader
– use sans serif font
– true numbering and bullet lists
– use tables to create double columns
– use references – table of contents to check accessibility
– embed alt text in the picture

Technology support for learning
– accessibility checkers
– speak tools
– captioning or transcripts
– download jaws free for 30 days

MS Office under file tab – access check
Change everything to adobe file (PDF)

Use creativity to vary learning
Use medium that best fits their way of learning
PowerPoint experience in habitat for humanity, halo video, videoed performance, illustrated fable book