Faculty Center and eLearning

eLearning Accessibility Champions (EACH) Program

eLearning Accessibility Champions (EACH) Program

Creating excellent learning experiences for EACH student

eLearning and the Faculty Center are starting a new initiative that we are extremely excited about and committed to: The eLearning Accessibility Champions (EACH) Program!

We believe that the joy of learning, the freedom to grow, and the benefits of education are basic human rights at a university. Accessibility of course materials and universal design for learning are essential for providing an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all Cal Poly Pomona students.

Faculty who are willing to put in the very personal work to use universal design principles, and who put in the sometimes frustrating work to make their course materials accessible because they believe that all students deserve a fair shot, are our heroes.

The Accessibility Champions program is a chance for us to recognize heroes and to help other faculty become heroes. We want to create a network of empathy, both towards students who benefit from universal design and accessible course materials, and towards faculty who provide those materials.

What do Accessibility Champions do?

Our first group of Accessibility Champions will:

  • Provide feedback to eLearning about the Fundamentals of Accessibility eCertificate, an all-new asynchronous, self-paced introductory course launching in Fall 2020.
  • Attend a beginning-of-semester “kick off” and follow-up monthly meetings (< 1 hour each) with eLearning to plan and review program details and strategies.
  • Offer at least one accessibility and one Quality Assurance related workshop per semester for your college, tailored to address your colleagues’ specific concerns. You can combine them into one session, as long as both topics are thoroughly covered. eLearning will help with content and logistics.
  • Send regular outreach (3-4 times per semester) messages to your college about accessibility, Quality Assurance, and eLearning resources. eLearning will provide template messages for you to customize.
  • Achieve an overall Blackboard Ally score of 85% or greater for at least one of your courses that is web-enhanced, hybrid, or online. eLearning will help you track this.
  • Nominate future Accessibility Champions!

We anticipate that being an Accessibility Champion will require at least 30 hours over the academic year and may be more if your course materials need a lot of work to reach the 85% Ally score. That sounds like a lot of time but it’s only about three hours per month and you will get a ton of support. Keep reading…

What do Champions get?

This program is incredibly important to us. We believe that all students deserve an equal shot at success no matter what. To this end, eLearning and the Faculty Center will support you in many ways:

  • You’ll get professional development funds of $2,000 (partially supported by the Chancellor’s Office):
    • $1,000 - Any time during the academic year upon achieving an overall Blackboard Ally score of 85% or greater for a single course
    • $1,000 - Achievable at the end of Spring 2020 upon completion of other activities (must be completed in time for fiscal year deadlines)
      • Contribute to Fundamentals of Accessibility eCertificate
      • Attend monthly meetings
      • Facilitate workshops each semester
      • Send college outreach messages
      • Nominate future Accessibility Champions for your college
    • Enhanced student assistance (Studio 6) and instructional design support for your classes.
    • Campus recognition via outlets such as PolyCentric articles, the eLearning newsletter, and the eLearning Summer Institute. Plus, this is a university level service opportunity.

Who is eligible?

We’re looking for both full-time faculty or part-time faculty with a one-year contract who can commit to the program for the academic year. Champions need to teach at least one course in the academic year as online, hybrid, or web-assisted. Champions need to be enthusiastic Blackboard users!

How do I apply?

To apply, fill out the online EACH Application form.

Who do I contact with questions?