But what does this mean for me, right now, in my classroom?
My fellow LD Specialist, Susan Hoehn from Glendale Community College, puts it very succinctly in her online faculty development module so I will quote her:
What can you do to assure that your course requirements are nondiscriminating?
Examine each course you teach and decide on the essential content and procedures.
Ask yourself questions such as these:
- What is the purpose of the course?
- What are the skills or competencies needed in the field after graduation?
- What are the student learning outcomes?
- What would a student need to do/know to demonstrate mastery of the course?
- What methods of instruction, assessment, and what student activities are absolutely necessary?
- Which could be modified to accommodate a student's particular learning needs and still result in the same level of mastery?
- What are acceptable levels of performance?
Any of your program requirements that are not considered fundamental could then be considered for reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students on a case-by-case basis.
Thank you Susan!