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09.13// Are Your Course Materials Accessible?

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210
Presenters: UH Instructional Designers

Accessibility of course materials has become increasingly important in higher education for legal and pedagogical reasons. To help our faculty remediate documents, videos, and other instructional materials, the university has purchased the accessibility application, Ally for BlackboardUH Instructional Designers will discuss the available reporting found in this application and provide practical advice on how to correct common issues. Real course remediation examples will be demonstrated.

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10.11// Open Educational Resources

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210
Presenter: Ariana Santiago, Dr. Mary Henderson, Dr. Melissa Markofski

Due to the high costs of commercial textbooks, 37% of UH students don’t purchase required textbooks; they also report earning poor grades, taking fewer courses, and not registering for specific courses due to textbook costs. This presentation will discuss open educational resources (OER), freely available learning materials which can be legally used, shared, and adapted. When OER are used in place of traditional textbooks, students show up prepared on the first day of class, do better on assignments, and stay enrolled because they have free and immediate access to course materials. In this session, UH faculty will share their experiences and lessons learned from implementing OER in their courses. You will leave with an understanding of the benefits of OER for students and instructors, and information about the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program. 



11.08// New Design of Pop Culture Course Incorporating Quality Enhancements (QM) and ADA Accessibility Guidelines

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210
Presenters: Dr. Melody Yunzi Li, Thanh Tran, and Fang Fang