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Accessible PDFs in 1,2,3!

Meeting Specific Standard 8.3 has never been easier!  In this session, we will explore the "nuts and bolts" of Adobe Acrobat DC accessibility tools and create an accessible PDF in 1,2,3! We will create searchable text, set heading styles, label table header rows, check logical reading order, fix contrast issues, set a document title and language, create alt text on images, and even make a scanned document 100% accessible!

Don't Ignore the D.E.A.: Design, Equity, and Access in Online Education

The "digital divide" was a term coined in 2012 to describe the disparity amongst those students who did have internet access and those who did not (Van Dijk, 2012). Research indicates teacher preparation and quality of teaching is the leading factor in student success. Poor preparation and inadequate quality of design strategies can deprive students of equitable use and access to optimal digital-based learning experiences (Delgado, 2019).

Engagement Strategies to Increase Teacher Presence in Online Courses

Teacher presence is important online but different than in the face to face classroom. It needs to be intentional. Strategies for expectations and feedback need to be utilized. Flexibility is needed to adjust to learners' needs. This presentation will cover ideas to enhance teacher presence.

Beth Knapp

Interactive Approaches for Meeting Student Learning Outcomes in a Virtual Setting: Practical Examples from an Online Dietetics Program

Join faculty and an instructional designer from University of Alaska Anchorage as we share ideas for improving learner/content interaction (i.e., OER, e-portfolios, simulation labs) followed by practical solutions to modify and adapt these approaches for use within other programs.

Managing the Online Workload

Teaching online requires a unique balance of pedagogical and time management skills. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the online classroom can seem overwhelming to both new and experienced online faculty. In the demanding COVID-19 era of remote and hyflex teaching, faculty may experience burn-out associated with facilitating online forums, posting assignments, and providing feedback.

Persevering Through a Pandemic: Maintaining Student Engagement Through Quality Course Design

Quality Matters Standards promote establishing connections between the student and the instructor, the content, and their peers to promote student success.  In today's landscape of various learning modalities (Zoom, hybrid, distance, online, and high flex, to name a few), even experienced faculty members may be struggling to find ways to best establish these connections with and for their students.  High quality, intentional course design is now more important than ever.

Beth Knapp
Quality Matters for Students: Implementation and the Student Experience

The UNC-C Learning, Design & Technology masters program implemented the QM for Students program into curriculum requirements. This program is one of 10 in the US to implement QM for Students. The instructor and student will present their experiences.

Beth Knapp
Quality Within Constraints: Course Design in a Hurry!

Join us to discuss how a rapid prototyping model can be paired with QM to design quality online courses in a hurry. We will also share how we prioritize enhancements and use an iterative design strategy to achieve continuous improvement over time.

Beth Knapp
Reengage the Digital Learner

Due to the misfortune of the current pandemic, obtaining student engagement has become an extremely difficult endeavor. So how do we cope when our once effective delivery methods are no longer keeping our students engaged? Considering how the pedagogy relates to the student experience during this pandemic, is extremely important in the process of developing opportunities to transform passive encounters to active and meaningful experiences.

Beth Knapp
Taming the Lions, Tigers, and Bears of Online Course Management

There is never enough time. Even with a well-designed course, the management of an online course can eat up a lot of time. Then there are the emails… While you will continue to receive emails, there are strategies you can explore to help you reign in those management tasks that take you away from engaging with your students and providing meaningful feedback on their work. 

Beth Knapp