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Training Faculty to Create an Accessible and Inclusive Virtual Classroom

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Since the start of the pandemic, faculty and staff have been asked to convert many courses and programs to fit a virtual and hybrid model. For many, the task has been nearly insurmountable. Ensuring accessibility and inclusion has taken a back seat to basic logistical demands. However, now is an ideal time for disability resource professionals to leverage the work we have been doing in this area long before the COVID-era and teach colleagues how to design courses, syllabi, and programs in a manner that ensures the highest level of accessibility, inclusion, and impact. This webinar will help you support your institutional colleagues as they approach this daunting, yet critical task. Based on well-established best practices and direct feedback from 100+ students with disabilities, university faculty, and administrators who experienced the transition to virtual learning over the past year, we will offer tips and insights you can share with your campus partners. These will include basics of accessibility in the virtual space, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for inclusion, and designing syllabi and courses that include all students.


  • Ian Kunkes

    Ian Kunkes, M.S. is the Director of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity and a co-founder and chair of the Transforming Accessibility Initiative at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ian has worked in a wide range of educational settings, including public high schools, independent consulting, and higher education. In each, his focus has been on ensuring equal access, inclusion, and success for students, particularly those with disabilities. As Ian explains, the impact of COVID-19 has impacted all of us. “As a result, I propose that the work of the disability resource or accessibility professional presents a proven roadmap to ensuring inclusion, access, and success for our community moving forward." Ian is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

February 16, 2021
Tue 3:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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