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Universal Design Fellowship, 2016-2017 Pilot Program

About the Fellowship

Universal Design (UD) Fellows engage in a partnership with OIT’s Universal Instructional Design Consultant to redesign a course (or substantial portion of a course) to be fully accessible according to CU’s 2015 Accessibility Policy.

UD Fellows will receive their choice of the following award options:

  • Option A awards the Fellow with a $1,000 travel stipend to fund associated costs with attending and presenting at a (preferably national) conference, either in the Fellow’s own discipline, or at a conference related to accessibility such as AHEAD. The topic of the Fellow’s contribution should connect to their redesigned course materials or their experience as a UD Fellow.
  • Option B awards the Fellow with $1,000 to be used on materials for classroom use. Such materials can physical supplies and technologies that are either material or virtual (provided any outside vendor’s product complies with CU Boulder’s Accessibility Policy). Materials purchased with this award will directly support the redesigned course and should ideally be reusable for future students.

UD Fellows complete the following: 

  • A minimum of three consultations with the Universal Instructional Design Consultant, in which they learn about accessible content options and plan and receive support in designing course content.
  • Launching a redesigned course that is fully accessible in Spring 2017.
  • Participate in a short evaluation of the new content’s effectiveness.
  • Use your award at some point during the Fellowship process.
  • Remain a mindful and informative leader in your department regarding accessibility, and help the ICT Accessibility Program communicate with your department (forward emails, etc.).

2016-2017 Cohort

Mr. Giorgio Corda, Instructor of Italian:

Mr. Corda is working on making his undergraduate Italian course completely accessible. Much of the content for the course has been flipped, so Mr. Corda is focusing on a range of accessible materials in D2L, including using an HTML template to tag content properly, captioning Voicethread lectures, and redesigning certain assignments from a Universal Design approach to provide greater access to a range of options for students to demonstrate learning. Mr. Corda also plans to share his new expertise in mentoring other faculty members in his department. Mr. Corda plans to present on his work at a national conference on foreign language education.

Dr. Shaun Kane, Assistant Professor of Computer Science:

Dr. Kane is preparing to launch a new course, Inclusive Design in Assistive Technology. In this course, a goal is to not only have all course materials be fully accessible, but also to teach students how to engage in accessible authoring practices. Students will learn basics of accessible document and presentation authoring, and will explore options for producing accessible interactive multimodal projects. Dr. Kane is still deciding whether he will use the Fellowship award for classroom technologies or as a conference travel grant.

Dr. Shivakant Mishra, Professor and Associate Chair of Computer Science:

Dr. Mishra is working on making his upper-division computer science course (mix of undergraduate and graduate students) fully accessible. He is working on remediating PowerPoint slide decks for accessibility. Having had a student with blindness his his course this semester, he is also reaching out to Disability Services to obtain copies of any converted materials to ensure all course readings are fully accessible. Dr. Mishra plans to present on his accessibility work at a national computer science conference.

Dr. Silvia Nogueron-Liu, Assistant Professor of Education:

Dr. Nogueron-Liu is working on making a pre-service teacher course fully accessible; as her course is part of a pair, a course on teaching reading matched with a course on teaching writing, her work is poised to impact both courses. Dr. Nogueron-Liu is self-taught on remediating inaccessible documents with Adobe Acrobat Pro, as she has been active in assisting a current student with a print disability in her course. Dr. Nogueron-Liu will be remediating PowerPoint materials and documents to be screen-reader friendly and is working on Universally Designed options in course assignments. Dr. Nogueron-Liu may either use the Fellowship funds on classroom materials, or may choose to present her work at a national education conference.

Dr. Cheryl Pinzone, Lecturer of Evolutionary Biology:

Dr. Pinzone is working on making her evening hybrid Evolutionary Biology class fully accessible. She has developed a workflow for remediating PowerPoint materials and is working to ensure that all reading materials and resources for the class are fully accessible. Dr. Pinzone is planning on sharing the UD features of her PowerPoint decks with her students, as well as showing them SensusAccess, so that students have more freedom in engaging with the materials in a format they choose. Dr. Pinzone began using this approach to make the course more user-friendly for students who speak English as a foreign language this semester, as well as designing creative collaborative in-class activities and group work. Dr. Pinzone plans to present her work at a national conference in her field.

Dr. Jennifer Stempien, Instructor of Geology:

Dr. Stempien is working on making a set of transferrable materials accessible for the entire Geology Department. As the Department is undergoing a curricular redesign soon, Dr. Stempien chose to focus on instructional materials that are utilized across several large undergraduate courses, including the introductory sections that she teaches. Dr. Stempien will explore options for making tangible visual artifacts accessible as digital artifacts, as well as looking into possibilities for tactile remediation using 3-D printing and laser cutting. She builds on her prior work of making PowerPoint decks for her course accessible. Dr. Stempien plans to present her work at a national geology conference.