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Teaching Guidelines for Making Courses Accessible

Guidance for Faculty Interested in Recording Classes


Live sessions (via Zoom)

Live sessions will be captioned via Zoom’s auto-captioning feature. If different accommodations are needed, please contact ITG at itg@emerson.edu or (617) 824-8090.

You can also self-enroll in our accompanying Canvas course for Zoom links and reminders, as well as supplemental resources for each session. 

See our Session Descriptions page for a summary of each session.

ITG-led courses

Basic Online Teaching

This 3 week, asynchronous course shares the wisdom that ITG has gained over 10 years of working with faculty on their transition to asynchronous online courses. Specifically, the course will cover:

                • basic instructional design concepts
                • structuring weekly modules to maximize student learning
                • online presence
                • engaging students in an online asynchronous course

Upcoming sessions:

  • Monday March 13th - Sunday April 2nd
  • Monday June 5th - Sunday June 25th

The format of the course is asynchronous with weekly due dates. (Faculty have appreciated the opportunity to experience an asynchronous course in Canvas from a student perspective.) It's about a 2-4 hour time commitment per week (assuming you complete the assigned activities).

Application is required. Please note that this course is reserved for faculty who are scheduled to teach an asynchronous online course.


Accessible Design: UDL for your Emerson Course

In this 4 week course, you’ll work with the Instructional Technology Group and a group of your colleagues to redesign a course using principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), with a focus on digital accessibility.

            • Week 1: Introduction to UDL
            • Week 2: The UDL Framework
            • Week 3: Creating Accessible Course Content, part 1
            • Week 4: Creating Accessible Course Content, part 2

Following the 4 weeks of workshopping your course, the ITG design team will conduct an accessibility sweep of your course, ensuring all videos and PDFs are accessible. We will also perform a detailed course review for common pitfalls and areas to improve. This will kickstart your course for a smooth student experience, but we’ll also provide you with the tools and training to maintain peak accessibility.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Monday April 3rd - Sunday April 30th
  • Monday June 26th - Sunday July 23rd

The format of this session is mostly asynchronous with some synchronous meetings to be determined once the course begins. Spots are limited and application is required


Self-guided courses

    • Getting Your Materials Online

      • This course will walk you through how to meet Emerson's accessibility guidelines! It covers the process of acquiring and creating course materials, fair use decision-making, and the basics of creating accessible content for online learning.
    • Advanced Canvas

      • All the materials from this summer's live course for you to read at your leisure. Go beyond the basics! This self-guided course is for faculty who want to know more about Canvas notifications and announcements, the Gradebook, the Scheduler, holding virtual office hours, the Teacher App, Groups, and Peer Review.
    • UDL for International and Multilingual Learners

      • This self-guided course covers various strategies and technical tips for designing online courses with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in mind, including illustrating your course content via multiple media, scaffolding assessments to provide low-stakes opportunities for practice, and inviting students to showcase the skills and knowledge they bring in online spaces.


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