[Athen] Schools with Accessibility Standards and Faculty Pages

Thompson, Rachel rsthompson2 at ua.edu
Wed Apr 18 10:35:48 PDT 2018

If use of a laptop in class is part of a student’s accommodations, the instructor would have to make a strong case against it, right? I cannot imagine an instructor’s justification being sufficient to prevent the student having the tech they need.

When I teach face-to-face courses and students use laptops, I inform them (and include in the syllabus) that doing non-class activities while in my class will result in them being counted absent and losing all daily points. The same is true for phone use.

An aside - the last time I taught face-to-face first-year writing (75 minute classes, twice a week), I had so many issues with students sneaking to text/snapchat on their phones that I started giving a 2-minute break in the middle of the course when they could check their messages. It really helped them stay focused for the rest of the time.


Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility
The Office of Information Technology
The University of Alabama
A207 Gordon Palmer Hall
Box 870248
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone 205-348-0216
rsthompson2 at ua.edu<mailto:rsthompson2 at ua.edu> | http://accessibility.ua.edu<http://accessibility.ua.edu/>

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Sheryl E. Burgstahler
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:26 PM
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I think many faculty are influenced by the tendency of students to be distracted with email, web surfing, etc., when they are allowed to use laptops in class.

On Apr 18, 2018, at 5:43 AM, Berger, Eileen <eileen_berger at gse.harvard.edu<mailto:eileen_berger at gse.harvard.edu>> wrote:

Hi All,
I have a question about use of laptops in courses. Automaticity allows some students with cognitive differences, those with RSI, vision impairments, Hearing imp. Reading CART and etc. to take notes, stay tuned into classes, view PowerPOints and projected materials up close or enlarged etc. How do we influence our faculty to reconsider rigid no laptop in class policies? They seem to be influenced by several articles and some limited research about how notetaking on laptops diminishes learning and long term memory.
Have you encountered this and how did you deal with it?
Thanks for any info!

Eileen Connell Berger
Access and Disability Services Administrator
Assistant Director Office of Student Affairs
Harvard Graduate School of Education

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu>> On Behalf Of Sheryl E. Burgstahler
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:37 PM
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We state that individuals campus wide are responsible for accessible IT under their control, including those who create web pages. Having said that, we, in a very distributed environment, do not employ an accessible IT “police department.”

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director, UW Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT
Affiliate Professor, Education
University of Washington, Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195
206-543-0622 FAX 206-221-4171
sherylb at uw.edu<mailto:sherylb at uw.edu>

On Apr 17, 2018, at 12:21 PM, James Bailey <jbailey at uoregon.edu<mailto:jbailey at uoregon.edu>> wrote:

Hello All,
If your school has advanced and campus-wide ICT accessibility policies, how do you handle faculty and/or student created pages? Please excuse duplicate posts.



James Bailey M.S.
Associate Director
Accessible Education Center
University of Oregon
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