Module 2: Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning
In this module we have learned to consider all students in our courses.
We as educators have chosen our path as leaders and must take responsibility for implementing not only lessons taught, but equity, inclusion and connection, because we leave a lifelong impact on our students. Teaching people empathy and respect for one another provides future opportunities and broader perspectives, which bring graduates to a global level of understanding, effective connection, better communication and will help drive progress. Diving into our own biases and vulnerabilities, while developing empathy and self awareness, can help us consciously move past our own subconscious biases.
Recently the phrase “Let’s stop talking accessibility and start talking access” entered into teaching conversations. At first our reaction might be one of shock, but if we stop to consider this phrase carefully, we can see its power. When we focus on compliance in order to meet the accessibility needs of some students, our attention is narrow. When we broaden our perspective to access for all, our courses will embrace the diverse students we are teaching more successfully. Design your courses for access!