This virtual workshop was offered on October 15, 2019 by the AWAC Mentoring Committee in collaboration with the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) and was led by AWAC Mentoring Committee members Amy Cicchino (Auburn University) and Lindsay Clark (Sam Houston State University) and by Traci Austin (Sam Houston State University).
This workshop explored how GSOLE’s “Online Literacy Instruction Principles and Tenets” can frame online literacy instruction across disciplinary contexts. By focusing especially on the first principle—accessibility—the webinar leaders engaged administrators and instructors in a process of linking principle to practice. More specifically, the webinar leaders described their own experiences with developing accessible online course materials, which involved using Blackboard Ally. Then, participants were invited to share their experiences and to collaboratively respond to a course design scenario. This webinar thus responded to a gap between national documents and local practice and focuses on how to develop local practices to support the first principle, accessibility.