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Breakout 2A

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Marish Marks

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Central Time

Math in my World: Accessibility Through Choice of Assessment

Presented by Marisha Marks, Instructional Designer at Springfield Technical Community College and Ann Simao, Faculty at Springfield Technical Community College

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Ann Simao

In this session we describe a community college math course in which students are provided with a choice of relevant and authentic assessments leading to learning mastery and success. The age-old question in math classes is “When will I ever use this?” When we design courses with this question in mind, student engagement grows exponentially. This course incorporates journal entries to determine where students are struggling. These journal entries have shown that students enjoy the practical application of course material. We discuss the underlying Universal Design for Learning framework, provide practical examples, and consider strategies for balancing faculty workload.

Marisha Marks is an instructional designer at Springfield Technical Community College. Marisha works with her colleagues in the Center for Online and Digital Learning to support faculty with student success in mind. Marisha’s area of interest is in accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. She is currently leading course accessibility initiatives, including deploying the Ally in Blackboard accessibility tool and increasing accessibility awareness across campus. 


Ann Simao is a full-time member of the Mathematics department at Springfield Technical Community College. Ann takes advantage of many professional development opportunities to continually strive to improve her classes. She is passionate about trying to help all of her students succeed in her classes as well as minimize costs for resources that are required for students.

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