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Teaching Accessibly Seminar

February 27, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Teaching accessibly is something everyone can do, but it can sometimes be difficult to know where or how to start. Faculty and instructors are often eager to make their teaching environments accessible, but may have questions about what exactly accessibility means, how to ensure learning objectives are met when accommodations are requested, and the practical logistics of incorporating accessible design in our specific teaching environments.

This multi-day seminar will provide participants with opportunities to I) explore how different models of accommodation and accessibility inform our teaching, ii) develop strategies for adapting and applying principles of universal design, an approach that proactively reduces unnecessary barriers to learning, in existing teaching materials or practices, and iii) exchange feedback and ideas with participants from a range of disciplinary and instructional contexts.

Participants will leave this seminar equipped to make small but impactful instructional changes that can significantly improve learning for people from a variety of backgrounds and abilities, and with knowledge of additional resources and supports available at McMaster.

Brief agenda:
Monday, February 27, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Introduction to Accessible Teaching
Wednesday, March 1, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Adapting and Applying Universal Design
Wednesday March 15, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Taking Stock: Group Discussion on the Successes and Challenges of Teaching Accessibly (note: 1 hour only)

To register for this workshop please contact Elliot Storm by February 21.