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  1. Mar 2021
    1. The Landscape of Digital Accessibility in Higher Education

      Link to presentation

      Charles Collick Jr, Rutgers

      Pat Kogos, University of Chicago

      Nate Evans, Michigan State University

      Handling legacy applications

      • Involve students! Paid or volunteer. They can edit captions, add alt text, etc, and have first-hand perspective on student needs & experience
      • Use a priority-based approach to determine how you can make the biggest impact on faculty and students
      • If anything can be sunset, retire it rather than allocating resources toward overhauling
      • Anything that has high usage and directly impacts learning & research activities should be hi-pri

      Securing budget for a11y & promoting culture

      • Focus on storytelling and "sell" the need for a11y as much as possible. Start with the "why" before trying to secure cash
      • Focus on the benefits rather than threatening with negative consequences
      • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion gaining traction in the higher ed world right now. Those are likely the ideal folks to partner with.
      • Student experience also a more popular topic these days - tie to a11y.
      • "Get in trouble" - call attention to things that aren't accessible, taking to Twitter/public forums when appropriate

      Consortiums

      • While the speakers on this panel don't participate in buying consortiums, lots of info sharing (if one school reviews a tool for a11y they might share the results of those audits across the consortium)
      • To watch: Big 10 Alliance: Library E-Resource Accessibility

      Tools used to evaluate a11y and share results back to content owners

      • Enterprise tools allow for more robust reporting than free tools
      • Using built-in a11y tools in Canvas, Blackboard Ally
      • Axe & Deque are popular tools

      Getting Faculty buy-in

      • Teaching & Learning with Tech groups help with outreach
      • Make a11y part of conversation about course design & pedagogy

      What initiatives are you excited about for 2021? And If you could recommend ONE change to improve web a11y in higher ed, what would that be?

      • Rutgers: Initiatives: New procurement process, Ally rollout, and mandatory training for IT. The one recommended change: awareness.
      • U Chicago: Initiatives: Scaling up use of enterprise tool, training for IT staff & faculty. 1 Recommended change: integrating a11y into processes from beginning.
      • U Mich: launching a11y audit team, including hiring students. 1 recommended change: don't think you have to be perfect to get started or make progress.
  2. Feb 2021
    1. People are throwing around words like “unprecedented” to describe what is happening at Laurentian. I’m always careful about that because before WWII a lot of wild things happened in Canadian universities (the Honorary Bursar making off with the entire University of Manitoba endowment at the height of the Depression is my favourite). And Acadia got pretty close to this position in the last decade, though it engineered a behind-the-scenes bailout and hence never had to go to face the courts in quite this way. But maybe we shouldn’t be picky: this is still a big effing deal and we should treat it as such.

      There is a great deal of history of poor management of Canadian Academic Institutions. That would be a pretty cool area to include in research!

  3. Aug 2020
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  5. Nov 2019
    1. Using Technology to Help First-Gen Students

      This article highlights the need for and benefits of implementing more technology tools to support first-generation college students' learning, engagement, and success. For many first-gen students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, the transition to college can be challenging; this leads to lower retention rates, performance, and confidence. The authors, drawing off of research, suggest mobile devices and Web 2.0 technologies to prevent these challenges. Example of such tools include dictionary and annotation apps that are readily-accessible and aid in students' understanding of material. Fist-gen students can also use social media apps (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to maintain supportive connections with family, peers, and mentors. Rating: 8/10

    1. The authors present a study that compared face to face and hybrid instruction in graduate classes for counseling students. The results indicate that using technology, including web tools to facilitate instruction, improved test results in a small sample of students.

      8/10

    1. Flores examines the current research as it relates to distance learning. She explores technology integration and learning theory. Throughout, she stresses the importance of professional development for instructors to equip them to provide quality distance education.

      10/10

    1. The authors detail their development of a professional learning community to advance technology integration at Nova Southeastern University. After a literature review of the key components of online learning, they discuss the method of implementing the PLC and the major outcomes and then offer recommendations for starting a PLC within institutions of higher ed.

      10/10

    1. The article outlines the value of story-telling in professional development to improve faculty effectiveness. Identifying the problems with current professional development and their lack of efficacy, the authors argue the digital storytelling engages educational professionals, attracting them to online training.

      10/10

    1. Rossiter and Garcia evaluate the use of digital storytelling in adult learning classrooms, primarily through the use of "autobiographical learning" where learners share personal experiences and connections with the content. They outline "three key dimensions" that make storytelling valuable in adult learning: voice, creativity, and self-direction.

      10/10

    1. The authors present the benefits of coaching in professional development for educators in today's technologically advanced classrooms. Of particular interest is the explanation of the different methods of coaching: executive, coactive, cognitive, and instructional. They suggest that coaching provides more successful outcomes than single workshops and stress that finding the correct method for each situation and organization is crucial.

      10/10

    1. Private post-secondary institutions that provide educational services in the State of New Mexico are subject to either the New Mexico Post-Secondary Educational Institution Act (Section 21-23-1 et seq. NMSA 1978) or the Interstate Distance Education Act (Section 21-23B-1 et seq. NMSA 1978) and can use this site to apply for State Authorization or submit other required applications to comply with State regulations. Students may request transcripts of closed schools where the New Mexico Higher Education Department is the designated custodian of records or may file complaints against any post-secondary institution that provides educational services in our State.

      The NMHE website is about providing academic, financial and policies to new mexico public higher education institutions and community.

  6. Feb 2019
  7. Oct 2018
    1. learning is not so much the opposite of play as it is zombie play, a jerky, lurching automatic response devoid of vision, passion, and awareness

      seems like an overstatement to me

    2. Learning in higher education is governed by rules though, however arbitrary and make-believe those rules may be.

      LOL make-believe rules of higher education.

  8. Sep 2018
    1. Like the art industry, art history has not done enough to diversify its student and faculty demography. Few students of colour earn the doctoral degrees now expected by most museums for entry-level curatorial positions.

      How do we create piplines to encourage POC students to enter this profession? Eliminate internship and hiring practices that prohibit individuals with limited incomes from pursuing this career path!

  9. Aug 2018
  10. institute.onlinelearningconsortium.org institute.onlinelearningconsortium.org
    1. developed on an evidence-based foundation that draws from the learning sciences and is implemented using effective strategies that focus on improving the quality of learning experiences and improving the outcomes for all students.
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  12. Feb 2018
    1. Over the past two weeks I’ve read a book about the future of American higher ed, and want to recommend it very highly.  It might be the most important book on the subject published this year.
  13. Jul 2017
  14. Feb 2017
    1. we must put digital literacy at the core of the curriculum

      Librarian support will be key to spreading the word to instructors and students.

  15. Jan 2017
  16. Nov 2016
    1. The liberal arts teach us to act toward others with humility and respect because we recognize there are multiple ways to look at the world. 

      I could not agree more, but we also need to think about how precisely our curriculum is cultivating habits of respect, empathy, and humility. What specific courses facilitate these virtues, what sorts of assignments ensure they are practiced?

    2. the liberal arts build empathy and compassion, the very foundations of democracy

      This is exactly right. I've been thematizing it in terms of "ethical imagination."

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  21. Feb 2016
    1. Grades are important. There is a ton of pressure for students to get those good grades, whether it’s from your parents, siblings, friends, or even yourself.

      Maybe this is one area that could be changed to alleviate some of the stress. The whole approach to the assessment process should be re-examined (pardon the pun).

  22. Jan 2016