Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are committed to equitable and inclusive practices and work environments across the University and throughout the span of faculty careers. To this end, the Office of the Provost offers a number of workshops and services to support equity, diversity, and inclusion.
“The purpose of education is not to make information accessible, but rather to teach learners how to transform accessible information into usable knowledge.” -- Introduction to the UDL Guidelines (CAST, 2012)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, and assessments while keeping in mind the diversity of learners and the variety of characteristics and experiences brought to the academic experience.
We all want to "get it right" when it comes to providing access to our digital world including our digital content. It is important to remember accessibility is not an all or nothing endeavor. Going at this with a perfectionist mindset can be overwhelming and freeze you in your tracks. It is simply impossible to make all of your digital content 100% accessible for 100% of your users.
The most important thing is to start on the journey and learn some core skills of creating accessible, usable digital content.
Instructors play a pivotal role in the shaping of the learning environment. In addition to creating courses that fulfill the learning objectives of the department and school, there is an added requirement of creating a course that is not only accessible to students with disabilities but also incorporate pedagogy that is inclusive to students regardless of background, experiences, and customs.
No onsite events are currently scheduled. Information from previous events can be found below.
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Captioning in the COVID-19 Era
August 12, 2020
September 9-25: 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference - ADAcon-Virtual (Employment and general ADA topics)
September 10-11: 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference - ADAcon-C/LE (Corrections and law enforcement)
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center; Alexandria, VA