NWeLearn 2019 has ended
Welcome to NWeLearn 2019! We are excited about his annual event. Here is some housekeeping information to navigate the event:
  • The conference is hosted in the Convention Center, a separate building next to the Riverhouse Hotel. You can walk there from the hotel by taking one of the paths that go under MT Washington Drive or drive directly there.
  • The Convention Center has two levels. Meals and main sessions will be held in the lower level and the breakout sessions will be held in the main or 1st floor.
  • Restrooms are in the 1st Floor across from Cascadia B.
  • The Thursday night, Networking & Hors D’oeuvres, will be held right after the last Thursday breakout session in the main entrance space by the fireplace on the 1st floor.
Feel free to ask any questions, post your experiences in the Slack Community site, nwelearn.slack.com, and upload your pictures to the NWeLearn Conference 2019 Google Photos site.
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Thursday, October 17 • 9:40am - 10:40am
Beyond Accessibility Compliance: Creating Courses that Welcome All Students

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In this session, participants will explore the differences between accessibility, universal design for learning (UDL), and inclusive design. After a brief description of these concepts from a historical perspective, participants will examine the practical implications of designing inclusive environments for today’s online students. The session will include multiple real world examples and practices that can be easily implemented into the online classroom.


By the end of our session, participants will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between accessible design, universal design, and inclusive design, and reframe their understanding of disability based on these principles.
  2. Describe the current demographics of online students, identify their diverse needs, and explore assumptions.
  3. List benefits to learners when principles of inclusive design are used to design courses.
  4. List practical steps faculty and designers can take to make courses more welcoming and inclusive.

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Heather Garcia

Instructional Design Specialist
Heather Garcia is an instructional design specialist with Oregon State University Ecampus. She holds a Masters degree in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay and has over a decade of experience collaborating with faculty and other experts... Read More →

Elisabeth McBrien

Instructional Design Specialist, Oregon State University
Elisabeth McBrien an instructional design specialist at Ecampus.  She has a BS in Science, a BA in Liberal Studies, and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  Before joining Ecampus as an instructional designer, Elisabeth had been a full-time instructor at Oregon... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am PDT
Cascade B Riverhouse on the Deschutes

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