Equitable Lesson Design
Some suggestions for creating activities, assignments, and assessments that will provide an equitable learning environment for all students. Download here.
Support all students in finding, understanding, and using class materials by using Plain Language for your syllabus, assignments, and instruction. Definition of Plain Language: “A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can readily find what they need, understand it, and use it.” Visit the Plain Language Guidelines or download the Plain Language checklist. (Pro tip: if you start here and keep clicking “next” at the bottom of each page, you can learn the entire module!)
Make your class accessible to all kinds of learners by incorporating the principles of Universal Design. Consider attending a workshop through Bellevue College’s Faculty Commons, Colorado State has assembled some materials for Universal Design in Learning that you may find helpful and the University of Washington’s DO-It program takes it a step further with information on Universal Design of Instruction.
Organizing your class materials in Canvas supports student organization. There are many on-campus resources to support you in getting your materials on Canvas – ask your colleagues for support if you’re having difficulty finding resources. E-Learning has some terrific Faculty Resources for you!
Microsoft Teams will automatically caption in real-time for you if you turn it on.
Microsoft Translator for Education is a free app for PowerPoint that works with Windows and your microphone to provide accurate real-time captioning for your PowerPoint presentations. Even if you’re not using a presentation, you can open a blank PowerPoint, and use it! You can find it here. Currently, you’ll need to use your own device in the classroom while we work with IT to make it available across campus.
Create Accessible Documents
E-Learning often has workshops about this, and so does the Faculty Commons. Another excellent resource is from the University of Washington: Creating Accessible Documents
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Last Updated December 31, 2020