Main Session 1
8:05 am - 8:50 am Central Time
Learning for Everyone: Accessibility and Faculty Development on Your Campus
Associate Director of the Office of Faculty Development & Instructional Technology at CUNY School of Professional Studies
Instructional Design Specialist at CUNY School of Professional Studies
Due to Covid-19, most schools experienced a sudden shift to remote online teaching last year, often coupled with various challenges for continued access and accessibility. This presentation will focus on our accessibility & Universal Design in Learning (UDL) initiative with faculty at CUNY School of Professional Studies, a primarily online institution. We will discuss the ways in which UDL principles and accessibility considerations are included in all faculty development offerings. We will also showcase the 2-week, online Accessibility & UDL workshop we offer for faculty, discuss successes and challenges, and share best practices from our experiences.
Antonia Levy is an East German transplant to New York and is currently the Associate Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Working mainly with online faculty, she is dedicated to the implementation of universal design as part of equality and inclusion efforts in higher education. Antonia is also finishing her dissertation in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, and has been teaching for many years as an adjunct instructor at several CUNY colleges.
Michelle Gastulo is an Instructional Design Specialist at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She provides faculty support and training through live sessions and facilitated workshops on topics such as Blackboard, Open Educational Resources, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning.