Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
There is a current growth of online learning within higher education and libraries, including online courses embedding information literacy, virtual research programming and one-shots, and online learning objects and tutorials. Another trend to emerge in libraries is inclusive teaching, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and critical information literacy. The rise of these trends in libraries shows the need for inclusive and accessible online practices within virtual instruction. Without this intentional consideration, we are designing education for a narrow, often privileged set of learners, furthering inequities that exist in education
This panel will use questions to engage participants about topics such as what actions and steps do you take to make your online teaching and design practices more inclusive? How is inclusive online teaching or instructional design similar or different to inclusive teaching in-person? Are there specific benefits and difficulties? What are some issues that have arisen in your teaching, online instruction, and design around being more inclusive? We will also share resources that can help with inclusive online teaching and design. We will discuss pedagogies, specific strategies, and online learning design such as:
Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Equity and addressing implicit bias in online learning Considerations for creating accessible and inclusive learning objects Assessment, evaluation, and engagement in virtual environments More topics on libraries and inclusive online learning
Participants will engage in the conversation through guided small-group discussion, bringing their own expertise and perspectives into the conversation, as well as have an opportunity to discuss ideas through a question and answer period. In keeping with their own pedagogies of UDL, inclusivity, and engaged learning, panelists will offer participants multiple means of engagement throughout the panel. This session is for those who are new, uncertain about where to begin, and to advanced practitioners who are looking to grow in other areas, as well as start a community of practice about inclusive online learning.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe methods of creating accessible and inclusive online learning environments.
Upon completion, participants will reflect on how their implicit bias and deficit mindset impacts their virtual instruction.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify methods for engaging learners in virtual spaces.