Join us on Th 11/12: Accessibility, Disability, and Open Digital Pedagogy

Accessibility, Disability, and Open Digital Pedagogy

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:30-6:00pm (Faculty Commons, N227)

*Refreshments will be served

(Please share the invitation with colleagues, and RSVP by commenting on this post)

Join faculty and staff around the college at the next Open Pedagogy event, where we will discuss issues of accessibility and disability in online communities and digital spaces. Together, we’ll explore key issues at stake and brainstorm how we, as faculty and staff, might better serve our students and each other by being aware of and competent in best practices. We will start to think through our open digital pedagogy to become more inclusive of all our members as we teach, research, collaborate, and communicate in open digital spaces. We’ll consider the following questions:

  • What do accessibility and disability mean and look like in online digital spaces?
  • What is universal design?
  • What are our responsibilities (ethical, legal, institutional, personal) to consider accessibility and disability, & implement changes to our pedagogy in response?
  • “Why is accessibility often treated as an afterthought” (Hoffman 2014)?
  • How can we make our work in open digital spaces more accessible?

Disability symbolsWant to learn more about issues of accessibility / disability in open digital pedagogies? Here are a few short pieces for reference:

  • Recent special issue of First Monday on “Disability and the Internet” that is hot off the (digital) press, and explores a wide ranges of issues on the topic (September 2015)

*Image credit: Disability Symbols (Wikimedia Commons)

The OpenLab @HASTAC 2015

Jill Belli & Jody Rosen, two of the OpenLab Co-Directors, are demoing / discussing the OpenLab at the 2015 HASTAC Conference in East Lansing, MI, May 27-30th. The theme of this year’s conference deals with the interdisciplinary nature of the digital humanities and the art & sciences, and we are exciting to bring our work at City Tech to this international network at scholars.

Our project demo, on 3:45pm EST on Thursday, May 28th, provides an overview of the OpenLab, contextualizing it within City Tech’s local context, our design principles, and pedagogical and professional development innovations.

Below are our slides (uploaded here as a PDF), so you can follow along with us virtually. We welcome questions / comments / ideas by leaving “comments” below.

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