Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Update: Making Learning Accessible During COVID-19
The mission of Capital University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is to use the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) to support transformative student learning by providing education and resources to faculty and staff. CELT does this by
While CELT’s formal location is Ruff Learning Center, the Center draws upon expertise from across campus to assist staff and faculty in transforming student learning.
We are impressed with your commitment to the education of our students and the rapidity at which you have worked to transition to online delivery of course content. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and a disruption to routine schedules, students are experiencing challenges and we want to take this opportunity to provide some resources and strategies for supporting all students.
While the University is working remotely, we will continue to advocate on behalf of students, work diligently to connect students to resources, and also continue to be available to support instructors to ensure student needs are met. These are challenging times for everyone and we are available to help in any way possible.
Below are suggestions regarding how to further adapt your learning environment to offer greater flexibility, with appreciation for the varied needs and situations of our student population. First, we offer suggestions that attempt to account specifically for students in “low tech” and “no tech” households, as well as those who are now experiencing altered or increased demands on their time (e.g., family or childcare, increased work hours as an “essential worker”). Then, we provide suggestions for teaching students with disabilities as it is likely the rapid shift to exclusively online delivery may result in some unintentional barriers being created for students with disabilities.
Adjusted syllabus language made open access by the author (a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill): https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1-6d_W8rdzE9mW2DvPi-dPvRxo4sekKlz3VqEpnu4Dwg/mobilebasic
Suggestions for supporting students facing time or technology constraints
DISABILITY SERVICES: SUGGESTIONS AND RESOURCES
Accessibility of synchronous (real-time) classes
Accessibility of asynchronous (self-paced) classes
Accessibility of websites and documents (additional information may be located at: https://www.washington.edu/doit/sites/default/files/atoms/files/20_Tips_Designing_Courses_7_3_19.pdf)
If you have any questions or if you need support in creating an accessible online experience for students with disabilities, please do not hesitate to contact Disability Services via email (email@example.com) or telephone (614.236.6611). Likewise, Student Success remains available to support students who may be experiencing challenges and you may contact their office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (614.236.6871). Again, we sincerely appreciate all of your time and effort. This is a challenging time for everyone and we will continue to proceed in a collaborative and supportive manner.
Jennifer Speakman, Assistant Provost
Joel Ashley, Associate Director