Project Access Seminar – Supporting Student Success for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

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Faculty, Administrators and Staff who work with or plan to work with Deaf or Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to attend this one-day seminar focused on providing the skills and information needed to increase success for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students in a mainstream classroom. A complimentary lunch will be provided! See this event flyer for more details.

Event Details
Friday, September 8th, 2017 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Milwaukee Campus, room M605

To attend, complete the Online RSVP Form before Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

5 Ways to Make Your Online Classrooms More Interactive

Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

By: Amy Peterson

The convenience and flexibility of the online learning environment allows learners to develop new skills and further their education, regardless of where they live. However, for all of its benefits, online learning can sometimes feel isolating for students and faculty. The question is: how do you build a sense of community in your online courses? One approach involves cultivating more interaction—between you and your students and among the students themselves. Here are five practical tips for increasing the human connection in your online classrooms.

1. Integrate real-time interaction

college student sitting outside with laptopWhen online courses are completely asynchronous, there is often limited interaction between you and your students and class members with each other. Consider, for example, that real-time conversations don’t occur during a video lecture, when you post announcements, or when students post on a discussion board. That lag in response time kills the momentum of a back-and-forth discussion and can sometimes lead to misunderstandings.

Integrating opportunities for real-time interaction into your online course can help change that and develop a sense of community in a course. Consider how impromptu conversations outside the traditional classroom forge relationships, clarify ideas, and spark new insights. You can facilitate these interactions by setting up opportunities for class members to meet online synchronously both formally and informally. Using web conferencing applications, you can create a variety of synchronous interaction opportunities, such as office hours, small group discussions, whole class discussions, and study groups.

2. Get creative with discussion boards

Discussion boards have long been the communication staple for online courses, but there are ways you can make this experience more interactive for much wider and deeper participation. In a traditional classroom, it’s common for only a small percentage of students to participate in discussion. In an online environment, you can structure your discussions so that everyone contributes, plus they’ll have more time to consider what they want to say before responding. Class size helps determine how you organize discussions. In a larger class of, say, 100 students, you can set up smaller discussion groups of 20 or so people so that students can get to know their fellow classmates. You can also create even smaller groups (5-7 people) for more intimate interaction, and rotate these groups to expand interactions. This approach also works with smaller class sizes.

One technique that fosters richer dialogue is creating discussion prompts that are open ended, such as requiring students to provide examples or asking them to interpret a concept from a variety of perspectives. You could also set up student-facilitated discussion opportunities where students craft the discussion prompt and guide the ensuing dialogue.

3. Maximize engagement with non-task interaction

Non-task interactions are those exchanges that are not part of the direct learning, but help create a supportive learning community. You can facilitate these types of interactions by leveraging the social networking capabilities that are available in many learning management systems, such as chat and web conferencing. Using the group functionality, students can create special interest groups or study groups. If your LMS doesn’t have the functionality to support a social network, you can still create one with a private Facebook page or one of the many group messaging apps available, such as Telegram and Slack.

information overload computer keyOf important note, academic social networks require planning and ongoing maintenance. The value of the social network needs to be explicit before it will become a common destination. Many schools begin by asking students to create bios and add profile pictures, but these activities alone will not encourage students to keep coming back to the network. Techniques for transforming the social network into a destination include frequently updating content (on a weekly or if possible daily basis) and incorporating contributions to the social network into classes (e.g. using the social network tools for group work; asking students to post their discussion contributions into their social network feed).

4. Use multiple communication tools

You’re not alone in wanting to increase and enhance student engagement and interaction. For example, schools can create a program-wide social network that allows students to continue their relationships with other students from course to course. Within this private social network, the administrators and support staff can use direct messages, announcements, and live events to enhance student engagement in the program.

This sort of institutional support is not necessary, however, for your class to be interactive. In addition to external social networking tools, such as Facebook, Telegram, Slack, and WhatsApp, students can meet each other in real time on Skype and Google Hangouts. Preprogrammed communication, such as introductory videos, content presentation, and email, are still important components of online learning, but student interaction can take the learning further, faster.

5. Have a plan around the tool

A tech tool is only as good as you the way you use it from a pedagogical perspective. When you move a face-to-face course online, or create an online course from scratch, consider how interaction will support the learning goals in your course. By enhancing the opportunities for interaction in your online classrooms, you can take an already powerful learning opportunity to the next level for all of your students.

Amy Peterson is senior vice president of course design, development and academic research at Pearson. She has more than 15 years of experience developing online and hybrid courses and learning experiences for dozens of universities and colleges.

Upcoming Webinars: Tips for Testing Website Accessibility, Creating Accessible Online Courses

 

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Upcoming Webinars: Tips for Testing Website Accessibility, Creating Accessible Online Courses, & More
Over the next few months, we will be holding several webinars that will provide tips for creating accessible online content. You can register using the links below to learn about testing for website accessibility, creating accessible online course content, understanding closed captioning standards, implementing universal design, making lecture capture accessible, and developing workflows for closed captioning.
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11 ½ Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility11 ½ Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility
Thursday, October 1, 1pm CT

In this webinar, David Berman, the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field, will share with you the best tools his team uses when auditing and testing websites and documents. Having an excellent test regimen is a crucial part of online accessibility, and David has found the best tools to fit your workflow, platforms, and competencies… so you don’t have to!
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10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content
Thursday, October 8, 1pm CT

With recent lawsuits in higher education and updates to Section 508 on the horizon, it is more important than ever that online learning content be made accessible to students with disabilities. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader and Web Accessibility Trainer, will provide you with 10 tips for making your online course material accessible.
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Understanding Closed Captioning Standards and GuidelinesUnderstanding Closed Captioning Standards and Guidelines
Thursday, October 22, 1pm CT

In this webinar, Jason Stark from the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) and Cindy Camp from Pepnet 2 will go over DCMP’s captioning guidelines and preferred techniques that will help you produce captions that are accurate, consistent, clear, readable, and equal.
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Implementing Universal and Inclusive Design for Online Learning AccessibilityImplementing Universal and Inclusive Design for Online Learning Accessibility
Thursday, November 5, 1pm CT

This webinar will discuss how the principles of universal and inclusive design can be applied to the online learning environment, with a particular focus on the accessibility of course content and materials.
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How to Implement Accessible Lecture CaptureHow to Implement Accessible Lecture Capture
Thursday, December 3, 1pm CT

In this webinar, Christopher Soran, the Interim eLearning Director at Tacoma Community College, along with Ari Bixhorn from Panopto and Lily Bond from 3Play Media, will discuss how you can implement accessible lecture capture at your university. Looking at Tacoma’s workflow, they will walk you through an efficient, cost-effective way to manage closed captioning for lecture capture at a university level.
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Quick Start to CaptioningQuick Start to Captioning
Thursday, December 10, 1pm CT

Watch this webinar to learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers Section 508 and ADA accessibility compliance, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integration with lecture capture and video platforms.
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Upcoming Webinars: Captioning Video & YouTube for Higher Ed

 

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Upcoming Webinars: YouTube for Higher Ed, DIY Captioning Workflows, and HTML5
Over the next month and a half, we will be holding five webinars on video accessibility that will provide you with actionable tips for building accessible video into your institution. You can register using the links below to learn about leveraging Google apps for higher education, DIY workflows for closed captioning, and the latest HTML5 video updates.
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Empowering YouTube for Higher EducationEmpowering YouTube for Higher Education
Thursday, July 9, 1 pm CST

This webinar will teach you how to leverage your YouTube videos to create an engaging learning portal for your students. Justin McCutcheon, the CEO and co-founder of Cattura, will walk you through the tools available for utilizing learning solutions that bridge Google Apps for Education, YouTube, and other Google services to create a rich video experience for your YouTube videos directly inside of your learning management system course.
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Closed Captioning with MediaCoreClosed Captioning Workflows for MediaCore
Wednesday, July 15, 1 pm CST

This webinar will teach you how to add closed captions and subtitles to your MediaCore videos to make them fully accessible. You’ll learn about accessibility laws, how closed captions benefit all users, why captioning is important to your institution, recommendations for your captioning strategy, and an overview of 3Play Media’s captioning integration with MediaCore.
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DIY Workflows for Captioning and TranscriptionDIY Workflows for Captioning and Transcription
Thursday, July 23, 1 pm CST

While using a 3rd party captioning service certainly makes the captioning and transcription process easier for video producers, sometimes it is not a plausible solution (mainly due to cost). In this webinar, Ken Petri, the Director of the Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center, will walk you through the process of DIY captioning. At OSU, Ken has developed standards and techniques for captioning that are an exemplary resource for other institutions looking to implement a similar workflow. Ken will give you a comprehensive overview of the DIY captioning process.
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Quick Start to CaptioningQuick Start to Captioning
Thursday, August 6, 1 pm CST

Learn the basics of how to add closed captions or subtitles to make your videos fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers Section 508 and ADA accessibility compliance, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integration with lecture capture and video platforms.
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HTML5 Video AccessibilityHTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features, & Guidelines
Thursday, August 27, 1 pm CST

What are the best practices for making web-based video and audio accessible? In this webinar, John Foliot, a video accessibility expert and contributor to the W3C’s new Media Accessibility User Requirements (MAUR), will go over the latest updates to HTML5 video as well as new guidelines for making media accessible on the web.
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Recorded Webinar: How Copyright and Fair Use Impact Third Party Captioning for Educational Video

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Aired on 04/02/2015

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Watch Webinar: How Copyright and Fair Use Impact Third Party Captioning for Educational Video 

We’re sorry you couldn’t attend this webinar on April 2. Below, is a video recording of the webinar that includes closed captions and a searchable interactive transcript.

http://www.3playmedia.com/how-it-works/webinars/copyright-04-02-2015/

Webinar Description
One of the great challenges of using videos that you don’t own is that accessibility laws require most educational institutions (as well as government programs and other industries) to provide closed captions for video content. This is where copyright law can interfere. Blake Reid, an Assistant Clinical Professor in Technology Policy and Telecom Law at Colorado Law, walks you through the conflict between copyright law and captioning law, focusing on the legality of captioning videos that you don’t own. The topics covered are:

  • Captioning laws and regulations
  • The conflict between captioning and copyright
  • Statutory exemptions
  • Fair use
  • The future of copyright and captioning

Three Free Webinars: Copyright Law, YouTube on Video Accessibility, and PDF Accessibility

How Copyright and Fair Use Impact Third Party Captioning for  Educational VideoHow Copyright and Fair Use Impact Third Party Captioning for Educational Video
April 2, 2015 at 1pm – 1:45pm CSTOne of the great challenges of using videos that you don’t own is that accessibility laws require most educational institutions (as well as government programs and other industries) to provide closed captions for video content. This is where copyright law can interfere. Blake Reid, an Assistant Clinical Professor in Technology Policy and Telecom Law at Colorado Law, will walk you through the conflict between copyright law and captioning law, focusing on the legality of captioning videos that you don’t own.
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The Future of Video Player AccessibilityThe Future of Video Player Accessibility
April 22, 2015 at 1pm – 2:00pm CSTIn this webinar, developers from YouTube/Google, JW Player, Video.js, and University of Washington will come together to discuss video player accessibility. Taking a look at their different players, we will discuss the current capabilities, known shortcomings, and plans for future development. This webinar will provide a forum for major developers to take a top-level look at the future potential of video player accessibility.
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Creating Accessible PDFs with Acrobat: Requirements, Implementation, and  EvaluationCreating Accessible PDFs with Acrobat: Requirements, Implementation, and Evaluation
April 30, 2015 at 2pm – 3pm ETIn this webinar, the Chief Accessibility Officer of SSB BART Group, Jonathan Avila, will walk you through the requirements for PDF accessibility. He will provide you with implementation and evaluation techniques that you can follow to create accessible documents with Acrobat XI. You’ll learn how to provide textual alternatives for visual elements as well as how to use various Acrobat tools that will make accessibility implementation as simple as possible.
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Blackboard Learn+: Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Learning

Blackboard Learn+: Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Learning

A stand-alone course for instructors and content developers that explores what accessibility and universal design mean and how they can be applied to online learning.

This course is meant as a stepping off point for building online courses that are usable and accessible. The content is intended to inspire further exploration and advocacy for designing materials that benefit students and help them achieve their educational goals.

Go through the material presented at your own pace. There is no set order or dependencies. Use the Course Menu links to access the content and resources. The Syllabus gives you the course goals and suggested reading material. The Course Content is organized into four modules:

  • Universal Design
  • Accessibility
  • Assistive Technology
  • Learning Styles

Start off by watching the video Campus Leaders Talk About Accessibility, linked below, to gain a perspective of how executives are thinking about accessibility and what drives them to change. How can you use these ideas to promote accessibility at your institution? Feel free to share your experiences on the Discussion Board.

Future of Video Accessibility According to Google

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Future of Video Accessibility According to Google

One of Google’s top objectives is to make information universally accessible. YouTube has embraced this directive by making video accessibility a priority from the top down. In this recorded session, Google provides insights into the future of accessible video, why universal accessibility is important to Google, and how captions and subtitles enhance content discoverability (Google even reveals test results showing the SEO benefits of captions).

Future of Video Accessibility According to Google

Watch this recording to learn:

  • How Google is building accessibility into YouTube
  • Google’s test results showing the SEO benefits of captions
  • Future of YouTube’s automatic captions
  • Why YouTube creators should caption their videos
  • How to take advantage of YouTube’s international growth through translation and subtitles
  • How Google is addressing the challenges of accessible mobile video