CIDDE In The News
At CIDDE, we strive to make course materials accessible to all students. Making course materials accessible for both online and face-to-face courses improves the learning experience for everyone. In fact, during 2013, Pitt Online, Teaching Support, and Educational Technology departments worked closely with Gabe McMoreland, a Pitt graduate and accessibility consultant, adept with using a screen reader. Gabe consulted on ways we could improve accessibility of learning objectives in and out of CourseWeb. Lorna Kearns and Barbara Frey co-authored an article with Gabe that appeared in a special edition of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks called Designing Online Courses for Screenreader Users (2013).
In addition, Gabe has started a Pittsburgh Meetup group to discuss accessibility issues. It’s free and open to whoever would like to join.
Finally, you can read more about Gabe’s work in a recent article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Provost’s Classroom Management Team, in collaboration with the University Center for International Studies, recently designed, constructed, and installed media credenzas in two of Pitt’s Nationality Classrooms.
The credenzas effectively integrate presentation technologies into The Lithuanian Room and The French Classroom while maintaining the authentic design of each room. Four additional Nationality Classrooms will be similarly equipped next year.
Check out a larger view of the media credenzas as well.