12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Central Time
Inclusion through Connection
Presented by Sam Karell, Accessibility Strategist at Blackboard
Students bring diverse needs, life circumstances, and cultural perspectives with them into the classroom that can impact their academic achievement and socioemotional well-being. Inclusive teaching strategies can help instructors design experiences that anticipate student needs and foster a sense of belonging. In this session, we’ll discuss several considerations for inclusive remote teaching practices through the theme of “connection,” focusing on strategies that help students connect with each other, with the curriculum, and with their learning preference for more effective and more equitable learning experiences.
Sam Karell brings over 10 years of experience in higher education, Disability advocacy, and accessibility to her role as an Accessibility Strategist at Blackboard. Sam’s focus is on transforming the educational experience by building collaborative partnerships with higher education institutions to promote inclusive learning environments for all students. Her goal is to support educational leaders in minimizing barriers and maximizing learning using technology, data, and solutions. Sam received a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Central Washington University and her graduate work centered around creating practices that promote Universal Design for Learning at higher education institutions.