Best Practices in Designing Instructional Materials for Diverse Learners

September 13, 2023, 10:00am to 11:00am
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, Graduate Students, Instructors
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Picture of Joe Feria-Galicia (on the left) and Robert Hold (on the right)This workshop focuses on promoting adaptability and inclusivity for diverse learners who have historically been excluded from curricular design. It addresses audiences with vision, hearing, learning and cognitive impairment.   Attend this session to learn how implementing accessibility best practices in the multimedia development process removes barriers encountered by learners with diverse needs, resulting in instructional materials that are accessible by everyone.

Lecture recording of a slideshow presentation using software such as PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides benefits from inclusive practices. Charts, graphs, and images are commonly included as content in multimedia production, making it crucial to apply accessibility best practices within these contexts.  For example, voice-over narrators should describe meaningful content on slides, providing an alternative way to distinguish meaningful visual elements through audio tracks, captions, or transcript files. Additionally, the content should adhere to  the suggested font types and sizes, ensure  sufficient color contrast between the foreground and background, and use color strategically to enhance accessibility.

This workshop embraces Universal Design for Learning and provides participants with resources to continue applying  multimedia best practices within their local context. The goal is to promote strategies leading to the creation of accessible instructional materials for all learners regardless of their disability status.  By doing so, we encourage content creators to see the “built environment” as the obstacle to equal access instead of enacting a deficit approach that penalizes individuals with disabilities and users with diverse learning needs.

By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify effective strategies for creating accessible multimedia content.

  2. Become familiar with font usage recommendations for enhanced accessibility.

  3. Use color strategically to ensure content is easily comprehensible for all learners.

Joe Feria-Galicia is the Accessibility Team Lead with Research Teaching and Learning.  He promotes the creation of accessible instructional materials that provide access to online content for all users. He contextualizes this role within a civil rights lens impacting historically excluded communities.  In his free time, Joe enjoys long walks, mountain biking and watching the NBA.

Robert Hold is the Senior Visual Designer at Digital Learning Services in Research, Teaching, and Learning. He was first introduced to accessibility when he began his tenure at UC Berkeley in 2015. Accessibility is now a core part of his work and design. He has worked and designed for various brands and companies including Condé Nast, Gap Inc., and San Francisco Ballet. 

This hybrid event will be held in person in 117 Dwinelle Hall (Academic Innovation Studio) and also on Zoom. Please RSVP to get the Zoom invite. 

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Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL)

Series description

Explore the transformative potential of inclusive teaching through our workshop series. This series offers a comprehensive guide to designing equitable and engaging classrooms that cater to the diverse needs of all students. Gain practical insights into implementing inclusive pedagogical strategies and techniques that foster an inclusive learning environment.