Fostering Inclusive Communities for Learning

Fostering Inclusive Communities for Learning is the third workshop in the Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility series. This workshop focuses on helping instructors strategize ways to build an online environment where all students feel safe, respected, and comfortable enough to collaborate and learn.

This workshop is asynchronous workshop and is held over a six-week period. Instructors enrolled in the workshop can expect a total time commitment of eight to 10 hours from Oct. 24 through Dec. 10. At the completion of this workshop, participants will have developed tools for effectively communicating with students, for facilitating positive interactions in their online courses, and gained additional tips for in-person class meetings. This workshop counts toward the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Passport to Great Teaching program.

Explore UFIT’s Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility workshop overview page to learn more and to register.

Focus Your Efforts on Accessibility

UFIT has online resources and training to bolster the classroom experience and perfect web content so anyone with a disability or impairment can fully engage with your content.

For students with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive impairments, accessing websites or course content can be a challenge if they are not designed with these issues in mind. UFIT has several options for faculty and staff to help bridge the online accessibility gap:

1. Apply these five easy accessibility tips to improve web and social media content. The tips explain how to describe images, provide text alternatives for audio and video, select colors to use, and more to keep content accessible for everyone. There is also an up-to-date web accessibility standards page that lists what website managers should include in their page layout and style sheets to ensure a site meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. A link to a just-in-time web accessibility training is also provided on this page.

2. Register for the new SiteImprove training. The one-hour class will next be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Learn how to automate the process of identifying Electronic Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) issues on websites. The free 60-minute webinar will also explain how to run accessibility reports to pinpoint areas on a website or document that could be improved, such as broken links and misspellings.

Visit UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology & Training Request Assistance page for assistance with these accessibility options.