An Open SUNY Accessibility MOOC for Faculty and Staff Development: Creating Online Courses that Provide Access for All

Awarded Grant: $52,600

Principal Investigator:

Kathleen Stone, Empire State College

This project will develop a SUNY-wide, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on online course accessibility. The collaborative team includes instructional designers, disability services professionals, technologists, and faculty members from SUNY Empire State College and Buffalo State College. The MOOC will be in live session and “on demand” format, and modular based for easy updating and excerpting. Participants will earn badges for successful completion.

Content will be customizable to meet training needs across multiple campuses, and can serve as professional development for teaching faculty and staff. Course materials could also be similarly utilized by Open SUNY COTE. By providing faculty with a knowledge base to minimize potential barriers to online learning faced by students with disabilities, this project meets the IITG program mission and vision of providing access for all students. It also acknowledges trends in higher education policy, and the ways in which system training can widely and efficiently support campus needs.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Ginger Bidell, Instructional Designer, Buffalo State
Michele Forte, Assistant Professor and Mentor, Empire State College
Antonia (Tonka) Jokelova, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design, Empire State College
Anne Lane, Application Management and Support Specialist, Empire State College
Meghan Pereira, Senior Instructional Designer, Buffalo State
Julie Rummings, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design, Empire State College
Sumana Silverheels, Technology Accommodations Coordinator in Disability Services, Buffalo State
Kelly Hermann, Director of Disability Services, Empire State College

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