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A Thousand Words: Digital Tools for Visual Literacy

Although visual representations have been around since cave paintings, visuals created with new technologies are changing the definition of what it means to be literate. Visual literacy is not just an "add-on," because incorporating visuals into learning practices helps the brain create meaning. Learn how to integrate visuals to capture the interest of today's learners and invoke emotions of curiosity, excitement, and enthusiasm. Explore digital tools and resources to support and enhance visual literacy in today's face-to-face, blended, or online classrooms.

Academic Integrity in an Interconnected World

Academic institutions seem to be facing an accelerating threat to integrity and, consequently, to the credibility of academic degrees (especially those earned online). Growing in both number and scope, these incidents include - but go well beyond - student cheating. For example, acquisition and sale of an institution's course material, such as assignments and exams, appears to be increasing through both the manipulation of students to share materials and cyber attacks.

Academic Rigor

Academic rigor is promised by educational institutions, but translation from theory to practice poses challenges. This session explores attendees' definitions, interprets QM Standards as evidence of rigor, and solicits areas needing further research.

AccessAbility: 5 Steps to an Accessible Syllabus

Are you interested in meeting QM Standard 8.3 by improving the accessibility of your course syllabus? Join me for this hands-on session where we'll explore the accessibility features in Microsoft Word.   You'll have plenty of practice time during the session, so please bring your own computer.  Included for your information is a link to WA SBCTC's Access 101: Introduction to Accessibility Training Course Materials

Accessibility as a Learner Engagement Strategy: motivating instructors by reframing the conversation

Did you know universal design improves learner engagement? Hear how an urgent accessibility need resulted in more engaged students. Gain tangible resources and ideas to improve collaborations with instructors by reframing the benefits of universal design as a learner engagement strategy.

Accessibility Culture: Using Quality Matters to Support a Campus Culture of Accessibility

Our university has approached accessibility as a something that should be part of the campus culture.  Quality Matter course reviews provide an opportunity to use Quality Matters Rubric Standard 8 as a means of solidifying the concept of accessibility being something that is part of the fabric of campus rather than something that only occurs when asked or required to do so.  The university began using Quality Matters course reviews approximately two years ago.

Accessible Academic Support Through the iLearn Platform

The Academic Learning Center at Marist College has created a joinable iLearn site that is an extension of the support services that we offer to all students, faculty, and staff at Marist.  The site offers links to campus resources and support topics.  The list of topics was generated by Marist students and can be accessed remotely by the entire Marist community.  The site is interactive, as suggestions and recommendations for additional resources are encouraged and can be requested for addition to the site.  The Academic Learning Center staff takes all suggestions and researches topics and

Accessible Accessibility: Making Sense of Specific Review Standard 8.3 in the APPQMR

An experienced APPQMR facilitator will explore the complexities of Specific Review Standard 8.3 as part of the APPQMR workshop. The presentation will include a review and analysis of all of the instructional materials available to APPQMR facilitators. The presentation will conclude with an activity in which participants craft a personal plan to introduce this standard, using a storyboard or other lesson planning tools.

Accessible PDFs in 1,2,3!

Meeting Specific Standard 8.3 has never been easier!  In this session, we will explore the "nuts and bolts" of Adobe Acrobat DC accessibility tools and create an accessible PDF in 1,2,3! We will create searchable text, set heading styles, label table header rows, check logical reading order, fix contrast issues, set a document title and language, create alt text on images, and even make a scanned document 100% accessible!

Addressing Barriers to Teaching & Learning Statistics at a Distance

In the vein of continuous improvement faculty members and instructional designers, who want to ensure that online courses meet Quality Matters (QM) Standards, should consider participating in this session. Attendees will interact with each other to examine at least one unit plan from the online statistic course that was the focus of a recent case study. They will reference the QM Rubric, specifically Standards #4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, to make recommendations for course improvement.