Seth Hornstein and Rachel Bowyer demonstrate the equipment used in the spectroscopy lab.

APS Instructors Illuminate Labs Using UDL

Aug. 26, 2019

Rachel Bowyer, a second-year PhD student in Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS), has taken on a task that may seem insurmountable. She’s not only updating the entire 200-page Introduction to Astronomy lab manual; she’s making the assignments accessible to students with visual impairments. As the current Graduate Teacher Program Lead...

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Tips for Creating Accessible Learning Experiences with Canvas

Sept. 20, 2018

Organization. Be thoughtful and consistent in how you organize information in Canvas. This will help all of your students access the materials and participate in the course. File names. Use a consistent format for naming files. It’s helpful to include the week or module number and content type in the...

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Universal Design for Learning (March 2018 tip)

March 20, 2018

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum design that fosters an inclusive learning environment by ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to learn (National Center on Universal Design for Learning). At its core, UDL is about building flexibility and options into course design. Proactively minimizing...

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Video Captioning (January 2017 tip)

Jan. 13, 2017

By Laura Hamrick Need a pedagogical New Year’s resolution? Consider captioning your video content! Captions allow students with hearing disabilities to access the content of your course, and also improve learning comprehension for students whose first language is not English. Captions can benefit students who learn best by reading, and...