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Accessibility in
Teaching & Learning

Seminar Description

Teaching accessibly can sometimes be difficult to know where or how to start. This seminar will provide you with opportunities to explore approaches to accessibility and accommodation, apply principles of universal design for learning to teaching materials, and exchange feedback with other instructors.

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Upcoming Dates

Offering #1

1: Wed, Nov 7, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
2: Wed, Nov 21, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
3: Wed, Jan 23, 2019; 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Offering #2

1: Wed, Mar 6, 2019; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
2: Wed, Mar 27, 2019; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
3: Wed, Apr 10, 2019; 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Offering #3

1: Wed, June 5, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
2: Wed, June 26, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
3: Wed, July 10, 2019; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between prominent approaches to accessibility and accommodation in educational settings;
  2. Describe the policies that govern accessible teaching at McMaster and identify institutional resources related to accessibility and accommodation;
  3. Develop strategies for applying and adapting universal design strategies in their own teaching environments, including in the areas of instruction, technology, and physical space;
  4. Set goals about how to increase accessibility in current and future teaching practices;
  5. Reflect on student feedback with the support of MacPherson staff, and instructor peers.


McMaster University’s Accessibility Hub

This website is meant to be a one-stop-shop for all things related to accessibility at McMaster University.  Included in this link are tools to help you deliver your course with accessibility in mind, including presentations, alternative formats, captioning and audio, and more.

McMaster University’s Forward with FLEXibility (eBook)

The Forward with FLEXibility guide has been created to meet McMaster University’s compliance obligations, under the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), while providing instructors with a comprehensive and practical suite of resources on accessible teaching and learning.

University of Calgary’s Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (Guide Book)

This guidebook covers Universal Design for Learning, a framework that emphasis flexibility in how material is presented, how students demonstrate knowledge, and in how they are engaged in learning to accommodate diverse learners regardless of discipline.

CAST’s Universal Design for Learning (Website)

CAST is a nonprofit organization that specializes in the field of Universal Design for Learning.  This link includes at-a-glance information, guidelines, and theory-to-practice resources.

Council of Ontario University’s (COU) Accessibility Resources Website (Website)

This website created by Council of Ontario Universities helps university students, educators and administrators identify and remove barriers to accessibility, as well as provide support for mental health issues on their campuses following the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Teaching Techniques: Making Accessible Learning ( course)

This 50-minute course discusses different types of disabilities and challenges students may face, and learning how to use assistive technologies such as screen readers and closed captioning, incorporate visual and auditory cues into teaching, and encourage students to seek the learning supports that will help them succeed.  *Note, some legislation discussed is relevant to USA only*