Session 3

Session 3
2:00 – 2:50 pm

Session Room Workshop Title/Presenter/Description Track(s)  
3A Auditorium How is Universal Design Important to Accessibility?

Kendra Barker

University of Missouri – Kansas City


From this workshop, participants will be able to define universal design, know how to apply it to course development, and why it is important for accessibility and 508 compliance.

3B TBA The Educator’s Toolbox – Infographics

Chad Heckert
Baker University


This workshop will show participants some of the best practices for creating and using infographics in and out of the classroom.

Instructional Design/Technology  
3C M123 Using Wearable Devices to Better Assess Student Engagement

YuPing Hsu

University of Kansas


Wearable technologies have been growing rapidly.  The data retrieved from the technology can help us understand students’ engagement both in and out of the classroom.  We may know emotion is the key factor of learning engagement. The affective learning experience can improve the level of students’ motivation and engagement. Students will keep their attention and retention if they enjoy their learning. This workshop will help you understand students’ emotions and improve instructional designs for engaging students in online learning.


In this workshop, we will discuss how students’ emotion and engagement changes during learning, and how instructors and designers can use emotion data for improving the quality of online courses. The progress of learning data analytics will be explained. The instructional design to students’ engagement – the usage of wearable technologies in learning and the meaning of the data will also be addressed. The details of wearable technologies and their implementation will be discussed in the workshop. 

Instructional Design/Technology  
3E M158 A Pathway to Research-Based Writing: 3 Activities

Jennifer Krisuk

Western Governors University


This workshop will review three activities/assignments that aid students in both completing research-based writing assignments and thinking critically about web resources (the third assignment – the website – also helps students think about and understand visual rhetoric). The workshop will provide descriptions and resources to help instructors complete these activities in either high-tech or low-tech classrooms. Activities/assignments discussed: News Bias Activity, Debater Dialogue, and Research Website. These assignments are currently used in an English Composition II course, but they could certainly be adapted to other English courses or non-English courses that require research projects.

Teaching & Learning  
3F M103 The Ally Difference: Inclusive Digital Learning Environments That Scale

Tim Henningsen



Blackboard Ally is designed to help institutions gain greater insight into the accessibility of their digital course content; to provide guidance to instructors about how to improve the quality of their content for everyone; and to provide students of all abilities with immediate access to content in formats that may be more suited to their specific needs. Learn how Ally has been deployed and adopted, regardless of learning management system, and how it will soon promote inclusivity in more places.