Delivering this course with Distributed Learning methods is important because of the demographics of the students who will take the course. EDPY 706 is currently approved as an elective course for a number of different programs across the University. For instance, it is an approved course for students completing: a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research Methods, a PhD in Foundations of Education, a PhD in Special Education, a PhD in Teaching and Learning and a MAT in Special Education. These diverse program areas serve a range of traditional and non-traditional students. For instance, many students in graduate programs in the College of Education also work full-time and cannot attend courses scheduled on campus during traditional course times. Additionally, the College of Education draws students from outside of the Columbia metropolitan area. Thus, offering the course in a 100% asynchronous online course is important as the course will serve students with diverse needs who cannot always easily attend in-person courses on the Columbia campus. The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (received a Distributed Learning Grant which will facilitate this) to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features.
Could please add to the justification section a statement similar to this?
"The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (or department/college ID staff) to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features.
This will strengthen the proposal and let the grad council know you are thinking proactively about material accessibility. Call me at directly at 777-0460 if you'd like to discuss ADA/accessibility of course material. We're here to help.Steve AdamsDistributed Learning