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Resources from Pitt's "Creating Accessible Courses for Remote Learning" Webinar

Attached are two infographics with some basic information about digital accessibility and course design for remote learning. These were provided for the workshop, "Creating Accessible Courses for Remote Learning" offered by the University of Pittsburgh. 

Suggestions from Angie Bedford-Jack on Digital Accessibility:

  • Start simple by using built-in heading structures, adding alt-text to images, and ensuring that hyperlinks make sense out of context.
  • Use built-in accessibility checkers in Microsoft Word and Canvas. 
  • Share Zoom keyboard short-cuts with others

Suggestions from Dr. Tinukwa Boulder on Cognitive Accessibility:

  • In your Learning Management System, keep navigation as simple as possible, avoiding redundancy and hiding components you are not using. 
  • Aim for clarity in design and content. 
  • Remember challenges posed by synchronous instruction: 
    • The inability to pause, rewind, review
    • People are often afraid to interrupt to ask questions/clarify in ways that they would in person
    • Delay in providing accommodations to students with disabilities
    • Equity-based issues 

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Galapagos Finch Evolution

Evolution finches evolution HHMI

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Figure of the Day: Identifying Ambiguity and Biases in Data Figures

The adaptation focuses on presenting figures with all the information in their axes. However, such figures present a medium level of quality to encourage students to discuss conceptually in groups and come up with suggestions on how to improve them.

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Origin and Diversity of Armor in Girdled Lizards

The girdled lizards (Cordylidae) are a family of distinctively armored lizards endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. Students examine lizards in this family to classify the lizards based on morphological characteristics.

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Exploring Population Change without Selection: Avida-Ed Lab Book Exercise 4

An introductory activity exploring how a population changes without natural selection using the Avida-ED simulation.

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Cases from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Does this overwrite?

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How to spot conspiracy theories

How to Spot COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories, authored by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Ullrich Ecker, and Sander van der Linden, looks at possible examples of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and identifies how they illustrate the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking,

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Demography from "virtual cemeteries"

Seeing if this overwrites abstract.

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Exploring Population Change without Selection: Avida-Ed Lab Book Exercise 4

An introductory activity exploring how a population changes without natural selection using the Avida-ED simulation.

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Summer 2019 Biobytes

this is a series.

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Movement: Nature's Flying Machines

Might use this in ecology.

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Avida-ED Experimental Evolution Project

Outline to a research project based on Avida-ED's digital organisms

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CHORDS Portal: Seamless Real-Time Data Streaming

CHORDS is a real-time data service for the geosciences that provides an easy-to-use system to acquire, navigate, and distribute real-time data via cloud services and the Internet. CHORDS aims to lower the barrier to these services, especially for small instrument teams, and broaden access to real-time data for the geosciences community.

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3D Printed Automated Weather Station (PAWS)

Accurate and reliable real-time monitoring and dissemination of observations of surface weather conditions is critical for a variety of societal applications.

The US National Weather Service (NWS) International Activities Office (IAO) in partnership with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has started an initiative to develop and deploy low-cost weather instrumentation in sparsely observed regions of the world.

Instrumentation is being designed using innovative new technologies such as 3D printers, Raspberry Pi computing systems, and wireless communications.

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Curriculum: Calling Bullshit-The Art of Skepticism in a Data Driven World

Course developed by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West. The aim of the course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.

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B(ui)LDS: Biological, Universal, and Inclusive Learning in Data Science

An EDSIN partner focused on the exchange of ideas and resources supporting biological and environmental data science education, grounded in practices of universal design for learning and inclusive pedagogy. As part of our commitment to accessible, affordable student-driven education that connects learners to a larger world outside of their classrooms, and inspires them to be transformative; we promote the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (openly licensed learning materials), and the incorporation of Open Pedagogy and Open Science into our teaching practices.

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Actually, Data Science CAN Be Accessible: Barriers to inclusion of people with disabilities in the data science workforce pipeline and ideas for lowering them

Presentation by EDSIN member Drew Hasley that draw on personal experience as a student and professional with a severe visual impairment and knowledge gained from colleagues and friends during ongoing efforts in the area of accessible teaching in quantitative biology. This was a keynote presentation at the 2019 EDSIN conference.

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Inclusive Pedagogy for Life Science Education Tagging Ontology

Inclusive pedagogy for life science education tagging ontology developed by EDSIN members Carrie Diaz Eaton, Sharon Rivera, and Bryan Dewsbury

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Brian Dewsbury's Resources on Inclusion

A list of material in various platforms that help to inform developing thoughts on the ways in which social structure affects the nature of teaching and learning.

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Ontology for UDL and Related Content

This is a description of tagging ontology that can be used for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) resources created by EDSIN member Drew Hasley

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STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Episode One

Episode One was a conversation with Bryan Dewsbury (University of Rhode Island) one of the authors of the CBE-LSE Inclusive Pedagogy guide moderated by Carrie Diaz Eaton. We talked with him about inclusive teaching practices, and he answered questions about implementation in the STEM classroom. We appreciate that all of our personal and professional lives have been disrupted by the pandemic, so we will also spend time talking about how to think about inclusion in the times of COVID-19.

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Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Learn more about the Universal Design for Learning framework from CAST. The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.

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B(ui)LDS: Biological, Universal, and Inclusive Learning in Data Science

We are a community for the exchange of ideas and resources supporting biological and environmental data science education, grounded in practices of universal design for learning and inclusive pedagogy. As part of our commitment to accessible, affordable student-driven education that connects learners to a larger world outside of their classrooms, and inspires them to be transformative; we promote the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (openly licensed learning materials), and the incorporation of Open Pedagogy and Open Science into our teaching practices.

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