Course Design & Development
With a focus on Inclusion, Instructional Designers from the Teaching Commons are here to collaborate with instructors on designing and creating inclusive learning environments with technology. We value learner variability and respect diversity, equitable access to learning and engagement opportunities.
Whether the goal is adding web enhancements to your face-to-face course, developing new or adaptive features for mixed delivery, or transforming a face-to-face course to fully online delivery, we have expertise in evidence based best practices and have many resources to help along the way.
We provide a continuum of course design and UC Merced supported educational technology assistance to Instructors, Teaching Assistants and staff.
Instructor Resources for Creating Accessible Course Content
Universal Design for Learning is a framework of principles for curriculum design in all major programs including face-to-face, hybrid, flipped and online learning to ensure multiple ways of engagement, representation, and expression. Instructional Designers from the Teaching Commons offer consultations with instructors to assist in implementing inclusive and accessible course content. Schedule a Consult for Creating Accessible and Inclusive Courses
Here are additional resources available to instructors to create learning opportunities for everyone:
- How can the course content be checked using CatCourses accessibility checker?
- How can the PDF and word documents including syllabus be made accessible to users?
- What are some of the ways to make PowerPoint accessible?
- How can automated machine generated closed captioning be integrated using Kaltura?
- Is there a checklist for creating accessible videos?
- How can the interaction in Zoom be designed to make interactions accessible in mind?
- How do we distinguish caption, transcription and audio descriptions?
- As someone who creates course content for students, what should I know? UCOP Content Providers Guidelines
- What are some of the simple steps for improving accessibility?
- Campus Accessibility Resources
- Student Accessibility Services