Partnering with Technical Colleges through DOL TAACCCT
All 16 technical colleges in South Carolina are partnering with Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) and CA2VES to develop digital courses in the areas of Math, Science, and Technology through their Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) programs. CUCWD provides instructional design support to the program managers and instructors involved in the curriculum development process. CA2VES developed research-based templates and tools for designing digital curriculum that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility, and adheres to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. With these standards and principles as a foundation, these tools facilitate the creation of instructional materials and assessments that appeal to all students, including those with multiple learning styles and disabilities.
“Instructors are extremely knowledgeable about their subject matter area. However, designing and redesigning online or hybrid curriculum is a separate skill set from teaching. Using the curriculum development templates created by CA2VES provides structure for the instructors to follow to ensure consistency and gives the Program Managers a map to see the UDL, ADA and additional DOL requirements are met.”
– Bonita M. Watters, Program Manager
SC ACCELERATE, Greenville Technical College
Instructional designers within CUCWD also review each course thoroughly, provide instructors with critical feedback, and offer one-on-one and group professional development sessions to help instructors utilize the templates, incorporate UDL standards and meet the DOL requirements regarding Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing. Together, CUCWD and South Carolina technical colleges are developing exciting digital learning resources that will better prepare students for the workforce and accelerate the time between the first day of college and the first day on the job.