You’ve likely seen a few posts about the book discussion with the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) and Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling. If you haven’t yet read the book, it’s an excellent read on how everyone benefits when you make courses more accessible, not just people with disabilities (who are often thought of with topics of accessibility). A few key takeaways for designing and teaching courses include: what parts of your course are students not understanding? What do students keep having trouble with or need clarification? Identify those parts of your course. You can also create a “media path,” where you find supplemental media to further illustrate those key concepts that students struggle with.
The book often refers to plus-one changes. With accessibility, we don’t start with overhauling the entire structure. Rather, we find trouble spots and think of another way to present information. If you find a section of your course where students keep having trouble, find one alternative way to present the information. You can even adapt a plus-one change to your assessments. Perhaps instead of writing a final paper, a student might have the option to share what they’ve learned by making a video or website.
The book also outlines ambitious plans on how to create a team to make increased accessibility a priority for an entire campus.
Something to ponder from the book: people of all ages are increasingly using mobile devices to learn, and they’ll often use these mobile devices for just a few minutes at a time for “small, snackable pieces of content and interactions,” perhaps while waiting in line. How can we develop course content that makes the best use of those few minutes when a learner checks their phone?
ADEIL recently interviewed Thomas Tobin about the book, and you can view the interview here:
ADEIL recently shared a short webinar on how to use Recite, a program to help manage references and citations within a paper. Whether you’re advising students with research papers or simply looking for a helpful tool for your own research, Recite can help eliminate errors as you list your sources.You can view the webinar here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUM1oJ-110
The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning has two new connecting and learning opportunities:
1) ADEIL is launching a book discussion group, reading Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling and discussing it on LinkedIn. The first discussion is found at the link below, and please note that you can still be part of this first discussion even if you haven’t yet read the book.
2) I (Rich Freese) recently gave a video presentation for ADEIL. It examines three online-research activities, created by IL’s very own Sarah Korpi and Joan Bell-Kaul, and discusses how to adapt these for different courses.
Are you looking for media – images, video, etc – to incorporate with your courses? Try Creative Commons:
From their website: “Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.” It’s not a search engine, but you can use it to search through things like Wikimedia Commons and various media repositories. Please note: they don’t guarantee that just because you found it through them, that you have the copyright permission to use it for your specific needs. However, you can generally look up information on the media that you find through Creative Commons and determine the copyright information from there.
Also, thanks so much to everyone who attended or assisted with ADEIL’s conference last week at Memorial Union in Madison! It was a great time to connect with colleagues from around the country and share ideas.
The 2018 ADEIL Conference is almost here! For a complete list of the schedule – workshops, keynote, reception, breakout sessions, etc, – go to:
The conference will be at Memorial Union at the UW-Madison campus. To locate the registration table, enter the Memorial Union via the East Wing (Peets Coffee Shop) and use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor. Registration will be set up outside Tripp Commons.
Next week, UW-Madison hosts Join us at the Lake: ADEIL 2018 Annual Conference at Memorial Union. We hope that you’re able to take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities.
As some of our instructors are based outside of Madison, information for those coming from out of town (and for our Madison-based instructors, reminders of places to explore in Madison) are included below.
If you Arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport: You will find ground transportation near the baggage claim area. You may elect to take a cab from the airport to the hotel, or you may call the Graduate Hotel to arrange for shuttle service (608 257 4391).
Union Cab: https://www.unioncab.com/Contact
Badger Cab: http://www.badgercab.com/index.php
Green Cab: https://greencabmadison.com/
If you Arrive by Car: You may use the parking service at the hotel.
If you Arrive with the Badger Bus from the Milwaukee Regional Airport:
You will get off the bus at the UW-Madison Campus Stop on Langdon Street: https://www.badgerbus.com/tickets/locations/locations/madison/uw-madison-campus-stop-on-langdon/ The conference hotel is a 5 minute walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/6G1JdHgP2Lu
If you Arrive with the Van Galder Bus from O’Hare International Airport:
You will get off the bus at the UW-Madison Campus stop on Langdon Street: https://www.govangalder.com/Chicago-Airport-Shuttle-Bus-Map-information The conference hotel is a 5 minute walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/3xZ14VBp8mG2
The Conference Hotel:
If you reserved a room at the conference hotel, you will be staying at the Graduate in Madison. You can visit their website at https://www.graduatehotels.com/madison/ If you need directions to the Graduate Hotel, you may use Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jXEUZN6yeEJ2
The Memorial Union:
The conference will be held at the UW-Madison Memorial Union. (Note: This is the Campus Bus Stop for Badger Bus and Van Galder Bus). To locate the Memorial Union with google maps, go to: https://goo.gl/maps/esKAugZHfXQ2 Conference registration will open at 2 pm on October 24th. To locate the registration table, enter the Memorial Union via the East Wing (Peets Coffee Shop) and use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor. Registration will be set up outside Tripp Commons.
Places to explore when you arrive:
If you arrive early, you may wish to explore the following places:
The Memorial Union has many quiet spaces as well as dining options: https://union.wisc.edu/visit/memorial-union/
The Chazen Museum of Art: https://www.chazen.wisc.edu/
The Memorial Library: https://www.library.wisc.edu/memorial/ (check in at the Welcome Desk at the Library entrance near State Street for a visitor’s pass)
The State Capitol: http://tours.wisconsin.gov/
State Street (shops and restaurants): https://goo.gl/maps/MAnsuiznZLK2
The Veterans Museum: https://www.wisvetsmuseum.com/
Walking the Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point: https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/the-lakeshore-path/
Camp Trippalndee (a restaurant in the Graduate Hotel) https://www.graduatehotels.com/madison/restaurant/camp-trippalindee/
Hope you have an inspiring time at the conference!
The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) conference comes to Madison next month, October 24-26, and funding is available for you to attend and receive one year complimentary membership in ADEIL.
If you’d like to attend the conference on an Independent Learning scholarship, please do the following as soon as possible:
1. Register online: https://www.talent.wisc.edu/Catalog/Default.aspx?CK=61943&_ga=2.237196736.197182927.1534275168-2054138019.1514562850/
2. Select the pay later option
3. Email email@example.com indicating that you have registered and wish to attend the conference on scholarship
If you are interested in presenting, there is still space for posters during our poster sessions. If you would like to present a poster, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information on the conference at
ADEIL (Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning), an organization for people involved in distance learning, has a LinkedIn page. With its strong relevance to the kind of work we do, it’s a great professional group to join. You’ll find articles and opportunities posted, along with the chance to connect with a wider distance/independent learning community, at this link:
Madison, WI will be hosting the annual conference of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) October 24-26, 2018. Do you have material you’d like to present? Potential topics to share your expertise include student outreach, revisions, aligning course objectives and assignments, accessibility/ADA compliance, game based learning, emerging research, creating online learning communities, etc.
Submit your proposal by July 31, midnight (Central Time) at: