I went to the session Improvising UDL Solutions with Stuff from the Hardware Store with Mike Rosen and it was an amazing experience. I’m still processing but here are some quick thoughts on that workshop and related things.
For me this workshop was a great practical opportunity to try building something to solve an existing design problem and make it more accessible. Our small groups were tasked with the objective of using the collection of tools and materials in the room to build / adapt a drill press so that a person in a wheel chair could independently operate it. It was an engaging, challenging, and tremendously fun assignment. In the end the four groups all came of with very different but creative solutions to the problem.
This workshop was actually two sessions (with lunch between) and many folks worked on their projects through lunch. At one point an observer came by and asked what was motivating people in the workshop and that made me think about the video that Skip Stahl shared about motivation and reward this morning. There was no external reward but I think all of the groups felt a great commitment to their project and their solution.
I’m still processing but it was an amazing experience and I’m very thankful to have had it!
Just attended Todd Rose and Parisa Rouhani’s session and my big question is how to adapt this fantastic information to an introductory level class, where students aren’t majors in the subject and really won’t do extra reading or won’t attend class–not because these things are not worthwhile but because of personal issues (time management, partying, etc.)
Stahl’s awareness of up-and-coming technology to improve accessibility in pse materials is phenominal. He’s an engaging and truly knowledgable presenter; after attending his session, I feel I have better insight and an improved critical eye when exploring new technology and materials.
I’m looking forward to following the board’s progress and will be looking forward to the development of better standards and the development of a certification process for pse accessibiliy.