Join Samantha Calamari for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Inclusive Instructional Design.
- Thank you for sticking with me through this course. But your journey into inclusive instructional design is really just beginning and blossoming. Here's the thing about inclusion: it's never-ending. There's no quick fix or checklist to create inclusion. There's always exploring and expanding our reach. And just as we get to a milestone, the next one opens up for us. But you have to start somewhere, right? So, here's some actionable steps to dive into. First, set really clear expectations for you and your team. Make sure to clarify your goals in the beginning and define who you are trying to reach. Next, start small and focus. Teach to a targeted group in your first run. For example, maybe you want to reach site-impaired learners and build content and tools for them. And then, in the next version of your course, you reach out to those with a lower bandwidth connectivity. The good news is, as you cater to one group in one version of your course, you have the existing foundation to build on. So soon your reach will really grow. Be realistic about your availability and support for your learners. If you are facilitating the training, make sure you set aside time to communicate with your participants individually and as a group. Having an opportunity to really build relationships with them and make those connections will in turn build a community and a sense of belongingness. Use concept maps as you move through your design process. This is a simple and creative tool to chart and document your ideas and responses as you develop solutions. Above all, the most important step is to commit to each learner's success while setting an intention of expanding your reach. Once you really take this pledge, you'll naturally design and cater to your potential audience. I'm so excited to learn about your journey. Please reach out to me on LinkedIn and let me know about your experiences and how I can help. My greatest hope is that these ideas, approaches, and stories inspire you and give you the tools you need to continue the great online learning revolution.
- Designing for a global reach
- Addressing the digital divide
- Using inclusive language
- Designing for diverse cultures and multiple generations
- Creating content for various learning styles
- Building learning communities
- Accessibility for differently abled learners
- Using learning analytics to assess your goals