Type of Presentation

Poster Session

Conference Strand

Diversity and Inclusion

Target Audience

Higher Education

Second Target Audience

Other

Public Libraries or other users of LibGuides

Presenter Information

Jennifer ElderFollow

Location

Poster Session and Meet & Greet

Relevance

Universal Design for Learning is a pedagogical approach that promotes access to instructional content for all learners. Our poster shares an approach to implementing UDL in LibGuides to help librarians design more inclusive LibGuides. Frame 2, Information Creation as a Process, is especially relevant here.

Abstract

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a pedagogical approach that many universities promote to their teaching faculty to help them design courses that are accessible to all learners. After librarians at our library took a course on Universal Design for Learning, we asked, how could we apply Universal Design for Learning principles to create more inclusive LibGuides? At first, we were overwhelmed by the wide range of possible accessibility and UDL features that we could incorporate into our LibGuides. We wondered if there might be a way to identify or prioritize effective UDL elements to include in a LibGuide. We attempted to answer this question by reading the library science literature on UDL elements in LibGuides which included usability studies of various UDL features. Based on the results of these usability studies, we developed a streamlined list of research-tested, impactful UDL elements that librarians with no technical background can easily build into LibGuides to make them more inclusive and accessible.

Presentation Description

How would you like to build more inclusive LibGuides in half the time? Librarians at the Emory Libraries have developed a practical, time-efficient approach to building more inclusive LibGuides with research-tested Universal Design for Learning elements. We hope you will drop by our poster to learn more about our strategy for creating inclusive LibGuides.

Keywords

LibGuides, accessibility, DEI, inclusive, Universal Design for Learning

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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From Daunting to Doable: A Practical Approach to Building Inclusive LibGuides

Poster Session and Meet & Greet

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a pedagogical approach that many universities promote to their teaching faculty to help them design courses that are accessible to all learners. After librarians at our library took a course on Universal Design for Learning, we asked, how could we apply Universal Design for Learning principles to create more inclusive LibGuides? At first, we were overwhelmed by the wide range of possible accessibility and UDL features that we could incorporate into our LibGuides. We wondered if there might be a way to identify or prioritize effective UDL elements to include in a LibGuide. We attempted to answer this question by reading the library science literature on UDL elements in LibGuides which included usability studies of various UDL features. Based on the results of these usability studies, we developed a streamlined list of research-tested, impactful UDL elements that librarians with no technical background can easily build into LibGuides to make them more inclusive and accessible.