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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. 

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11.08// Applying the Pedagogy of Online Teaching and Learning to Design a New Pop Culture Course

10:00am-11:00am

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

Last spring the CLASS Instructional Design team launched a new program for faculty preparing to teach in the online environment. The focus of this Online Teaching Program is on the pedagogy of online teaching and learning. Our mission was to assist faculty in developing quality and effective online courses based on best practices. We would like to introduce you to our course and our first certified faculty member, Dr. Melody Li.

Dr. Li will discuss her experience in the Online Teaching Program , share the new design of her Pop Culture course, and discuss how the training has altered her online teaching. 

At the conclusion, we will share tips for applying quality design and improving accessibility.

We welcome you to check out our Online Teaching Program.

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