Presentation Title

Do UDOIT for Webcourses@UCF? Who Is Using It and Where?

Presenter Information

Karen Tinsley-KimFollow

Location

Dogwood

Start

1-16-2018 10:30 AM

End

1-16-2018 11:45 AM

Short Description

Imagine a world where every online course is accessible to all students. Just imagine the need to review online courses for accessibility has gone away because every teacher has adequately prepared their course content for all students. How wonderful would that be? However, the truth at UCF is that we have a long way to go before we can imagine such things. So, is UDOIT making a difference at UCF today, either pro-actively or re-actively?

Abstract

Imagine a world where every online course is accessible to all students. Just imagine that the need to review online courses for accessibility has gone away because all teachers have adequately prepared their course content for all students. How wonderful would that be? However, the truth at UCF is that we have a long way to go before we can imagine such things. So, is UDOIT making a difference for Webcourses@UCF today, either pro-actively or re-actively? This question is raising some interesting answers. Automatic review tools for online accessibility, like the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced "You do it,"), provide immediate feedback and remediation for many concerns. UDOIT was designed for those who review course content from a support perspective, yet it was also designed to be user-friendly enough for instructors to use as well. Since the launch of UDOIT in 2015, this tool has received numerous awards and recognition, initially from the LMS it was created for, Canvas by Instructure. Yet, this recognition has not necessary translated into significant usage by instructors at UCF in a pro-active manner. This presentation will review data collected from the Techrangers at UCF-CDL and discuss the implications and recommendations to increase the pro-active usage rates of UDOIT by instructors. It is expected that a more inclusive online environment can be acquired with increased and effective instructor usage of automated tools like UDOIT. However, since UDOIT does not adequately assess external documents like PDFs and videos, the Instructional Development (iDev) Team is creating a professional development course to more fully cover online accessibility and Universal Design for Learning needs in conjunction with UCF’s Student Accessibility Services. This course is expected to be piloted in late Fall 2017 by select UCF faculty who have or are teaching using Webcourses@UCF.

Format

Concurrent Session

Institutional level targeted

Higher Ed

Moderator

Gabriela Mendez, NSU

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Do UDOIT for Webcourses@UCF? Who Is Using It and Where?

Dogwood

Imagine a world where every online course is accessible to all students. Just imagine that the need to review online courses for accessibility has gone away because all teachers have adequately prepared their course content for all students. How wonderful would that be? However, the truth at UCF is that we have a long way to go before we can imagine such things. So, is UDOIT making a difference for Webcourses@UCF today, either pro-actively or re-actively? This question is raising some interesting answers. Automatic review tools for online accessibility, like the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced "You do it,"), provide immediate feedback and remediation for many concerns. UDOIT was designed for those who review course content from a support perspective, yet it was also designed to be user-friendly enough for instructors to use as well. Since the launch of UDOIT in 2015, this tool has received numerous awards and recognition, initially from the LMS it was created for, Canvas by Instructure. Yet, this recognition has not necessary translated into significant usage by instructors at UCF in a pro-active manner. This presentation will review data collected from the Techrangers at UCF-CDL and discuss the implications and recommendations to increase the pro-active usage rates of UDOIT by instructors. It is expected that a more inclusive online environment can be acquired with increased and effective instructor usage of automated tools like UDOIT. However, since UDOIT does not adequately assess external documents like PDFs and videos, the Instructional Development (iDev) Team is creating a professional development course to more fully cover online accessibility and Universal Design for Learning needs in conjunction with UCF’s Student Accessibility Services. This course is expected to be piloted in late Fall 2017 by select UCF faculty who have or are teaching using Webcourses@UCF.