Faculty & Staff Resources
- Teaching Students with Disabilities ||
- Accessibility & Incorporating Technology
- Instructional Strategies & UDI ||
- Working with Veterans
Use this accessibility checklist to aid in planning University events. Event planners are encouraged to contact the Center for Students with Disabilities (860-486-2020) for assistance.
Adapted from AASE & Smith ACCESSIBILITY CHECKLIST, 1990
Information for Resident Assistants and Hall Directors
Source: A brochure provided by the Postsecondary Education Consortium, Center on Deafness at the University of Tennessee
Teaching Students with Disabilities
- DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART) - Working with Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
Be sure to check out the American Psychological Association’s DisABILITY Resource Toolbox (DART), which includes great information and tools to better support students with disabilities in higher education. By visiting each toolkit, you will gain a better understanding of your legal obligations, learn about typical accommodation strategies, improve communication skills and become aware of disability-related data, statistics and available resources. The toolkits are broken down into five sections including: Students with Disabilities in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Legal Issues-ADA, 504, FERPA, Reasonable Accommodations Explained, Recruiting Students with Disabilities, and Training Students with Disabilities in Testing and Assessment. To visit their website, click on the following link: http://www.apa.org/pi/disability/dart/index.aspx
Welcome to FacultyWare! This site is the product of the Universal Design for Instruction project at the University of Connecticut, and it is designed to provide you with a broad range of information and tools to enhance the design and delivery of instruction for diverse college students. Please visit us often as we grow and evolve!
Accessibility & Incorporating Technology
- Campus Computing Project
According to the Campus Computing Project™, this is the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in American higher education. They use qualitative and quantitative data to aid and inform faculty, campus administrators, and others interested in critical planning and policy issues that affect American colleges and universities.
- Campus Technology
Check out Campus Technology, one of higher education's top information sources, which delivers valuable information via a monthly magazine, website, newsletters, webinars, online tools and in-person events. Look for in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation.
- Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)
Visit CITEd, which identifies evidence-based practices for integrating instructional technology to support the achievement of all students.
- Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
CTDLC provides E-Learning services in a variety of areas including learning system hosting, grant partnerships, online tutoring services, k-12 courses and services, instructional design and technical support.
- Educause Learning Initiative (ELI)
The ELI is a community of higher education institutions and organizations that are committed to the advancement of learning through their innovative application of technology.
- The Horizon Project
The NMC Horizon project helps educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions, by providing them with expert research and analysis.
- KnowledgeWorks Foundation
Visit KnowledgeWorks, a site that provides innovative tools, training and assistance to school leaders, teachers and community stakeholders. Their portfolio includes three subsidiary organizations, New Tech Network, EdWORKS, and Strive.
- Learning Solutions Magazine
Go to the Learning Solutions Magazine, a publication of The eLearning Guild since 2002, which is listed as the eLearning industry’s oldest and most trusted source, for practical information on the strategies, tools, technologies, services, and best practices for the management, design, development, and implementation of enterprise-wide eLearning programs.
- NERCOMP, NorthEast Regional Computing Program
NERCOMP enables the informed use of information technology by providing affordable access to educational opportunities, software licensing discount programs, professional networking and collaborative opportunities and more!
- The New Media Consortium (NMC)
The NMC is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the advisory boards and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research.
- Quality Matters
Check out QM, listed as a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online course design and online components. The QM Rubric is used in course reviews that result in continuous improvement and faculty development.
- Technology Review
Visit the MIT Technology Review to gather information about technology through features, news analysis, business reports, photo essays, reviews, interactive digital experiences and more, read expert opinion, and examine data to understand new technologies and their impact!
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where member organizations, full time staff and the public work to develop Web standards. Review information on accessibility, internationalization, developing economies, and more, join community and business or working groups, check out validators and software, and more!
Instructional Strategies & UDI
- Academic Technology Center: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Check out the Teaching with Technology Center at WPI for information for faculty to use in their teaching. The information is organized by goals, and each topic has step-by-step instructions on how to use technologies and also explains how to apply various technologies to teaching.
- Authentic Assessment Toolbox (AAT)
Created by North Central College’s Professor of Psychology, Jon Mueller, the AAT is a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning.
- BBC Learning
Survey learning resources for every type of learner!
- BREAKTHRU: Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Georgia
Examine BreakThru, the powerful learning community that works to connect students with disabilities and mentors in a unique way that promotes universal learning and accessibility to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based degrees. The BreakThru community bridges the gap between the classroom and the virtual world!
- Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
The 2012 Top 100 Tools for Learning!
- Educational Technology Tools
Free educational technology tools to enhance teaching and learning.
- E-Learning Tools
Information on E-learning tools, in relation to their technical function and pedagogical application.
- Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology: UDL-Universe: A Comprehensive Universal Design for Learning Faculty Development Guide
UDL-U supports postsecondary faculty and staff by providing resources and examples to improve postsecondary education for all students, including those with disabilities.
- Evaluation Cookbook, Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative
A practical guide to evaluation methods for instructors.
- Free Software Directory
This site provides definitions and information about applications from areas such as educational, adult, elementary, language, and more.
GO2WEB20 is a resource with the most popular online tools and applications.
- Guides and Tutorials
Visit this site for free technology guides, tutorials, and how-to’s!
- Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching: MERLOT
Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials, or contribute advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues.
- Partnership Grant: Ohio State University
This page provides information on Universal Design principles, benefits, representation and engagement.
- Pedagogy and Student Services for Institutional Transformation (PASS IT)
PASS IT seeks to address a compelling need in higher education by developing a corps of trainers to facilitate professional development workshops in the implementation of Universal Design (UD) and Universal Instructional Design (UID) in higher education. Visit their website for more information and resources!
- Project Higher Ed, Disability & Diversity- A Universal Model for Success in Higher Education: San Diego State University
The Disability and Diversity Project enhances the knowledge and skills of administrators, faculty and staff through a universal model linking disability and diversity in postsecondary education. Be sure to check out their website for training modules, resources, and Scholar innovations related to instructional strategies, curriculum design, program development, and technology!
- SciTrainU: Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Georgia
SciTrain U is an informational site geared toward university level instructors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Tools and techniques are tailored for the types of students you teach.
- Students with Disabilities as Diverse Learners: University of Hawai’i
The Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners project, funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, will share teaching techniques CDS has researched, developed, and synthesized that will enhance the quality of work for both faculty and students, as both populations advance in the University and college setting.
- Supporting Faculty to Teach All Students: A Universal Design Consulting Team Model: University of Vermont
Visit the University of Vermont’s page for examples of UDL in practice, as well as guidelines and principles.
- The Access Project: Colorado State University
ACCESS is a three-year initiative designed to promote Universal Design for Learning and student Self-Advocacy. Visit the site for disability modules, self-advocacy resources and activities, and information on Universal Design for Instruction.
- Universal Access, University of Iowa
This website provides a framework for faculty and instructors for creating and revising courses using UDL strategies. It includes learning modules, quick tips on creating accessible materials, information about instructional strategies, and many more resources for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who seek to integrate UDL into their curricula.
- Universal Design for Instruction
Visit UConn’s Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability current project, UDI Online, for E-Tools, Resources, Professional Development, Technical Briefs, and more!
- Universal Design in Education: The Center for Universal Design in Education, University of Washington
The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience, including: instruction, student services, information technology, and physical spaces.
- Universal Design for Learning: The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. Visit their site for learning tools, professional learning, research and development, and more.
- Universal Instructional Design: University of Guelph
Review the University of Guelph’s overview, application, and resources on UID and their UID project of 2002-03.
Search TechMatrix for assistive and educational technology tools and resources to support learning for students with disabilities and their classmates.
Working with Veterans
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Resources, tools and handouts on how to best serve and support our Veterans