Episode 3: Accessibility, Part 2

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In this episode, we interview Devin Axtman, Student Services Coordinator with the UNT Office of Disability Accommodation, about accessibility at UNT, as well as the Office of Disability Accommodation’s role and services in promoting and ensuring accessibility on campus.

Episode 2: Accessibility, Part 1

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In this episode, we interview Rebecca Cagle, Senior Trainer for UNTWISE and accessibility expert, and Dr. Brandi Levingston, Senior Lecturer with the Rehabilitation and Health Services Department, about accessibility at UNT, as well as higher education at large. We discuss the ethical and legal importance of accessibility in higher education and how accessibility benefits all people regardless of ability.

Selecting Content for Your Online Course

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The materials you select will make up a large portion of your course. No matter what formats you choose to provide course content, it is important to create a setting where the learning outcomes are supported and there is balance, variety, and opportunity for students to engage with the topic in a manner that will assist them in mastering the stated learning outcomes. In this article, we focus on selecting content for online courses with a modular structure.

Orienting Students to Your Online Course

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Usually during the first-class meeting of a face-to-face class, the instructor will go over the syllabus and course policies and expectations with students. It is equally important to do this in an online course where the lack of face-to-face interaction can create uncertainty. In this in-depth article, we overview how to design and orient students to your online course at the beginning of the semester.

Organizing Your Online Course

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Clear and consistent organization will allow you and your students to focus more on learning the actual content of your course, not only from the beginning of the semester but throughout the remainder of the course. The beginning information in a course along with the course syllabus are both areas where you can answer initial questions up front, prevent some questions from needing to be asked, and/or prevent other problems from coming up. There is no fool-proof perfect way to put a course together – but there are a lot of things that you can do that will make it easier for everyone involved and make it more enjoyable.