Web accessibility and the need to work towards compliance

Here’s an excellent article on Web Accessibility and the need to work toward compliance: “Why Law Firms Should Make Web Accessibility a Priority in 2018” (linked here). It addresses various lawsuits, connections to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and some quick ways to get started with Web Accessibility. Of course, we also have some great resources here at Iowa State found on the following websites:

Marcketti will lead teaching center (Inside Iowa State)

Sara MarckettiSara Marcketti has been named director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management (AESHM), has served as CELT associate director since 2013 and interim director since July 2017. Her five-year appointment will extend through June 2023.

“Sara has demonstrated outstanding leadership during her year as interim director, leading CELT through a successful external review, and overseeing the university’s transition from Blackboard to Canvas,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “She is also an accomplished educator in her own right, with a strong focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is a passionate advocate for student success.”

Marcketti is active on numerous campus initiatives through her faculty and CELT roles. She leads workshops on documenting teaching effectiveness, turning scholarly teaching into the scholarship of teaching and learning, and student engagement and active learning strategies.

“It has been my honor and pleasure to lead the CELT staff this year,” Marcketti said. “We have much to celebrate and I look forward to working with the CELT staff to ensure our workshops, programs and resources continue to provide the support instructors need along their teaching trajectory.”

A native of New York, Marcketti joined the AESHM faculty in 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in textiles, merchandising and interiors from the University of Georgia, Athens. She earned a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State. Marcketti was named a fellow of the Costume Society of America earlier this year, the highest recognition awarded to faculty in her discipline.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2018, June 7)

ISU Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 17

About Global Accessibility Awareness Day

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. A list of GAAD activities can be found on the GAAD Website GAAD activities website or the Global Accessibility Awareness Day(GAAD) website.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day at Iowa State

To celebrate this day, CELT will be offering:

Workshop: Course, Document, and Web Accessibility Checkers: Open Up the Web to All of Your Student

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Scan your Canvas course using UDOIT (the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool) to make some improvements in your courses. You will find out how to configure and perform and UDOIT check, read the results from the check, and correct issues that UDOIT finds.
  • Use the Microsoft Accessibility checkers and make changes to your Word documents and PowerPoint demonstrations.
  • Discover other useful online accessibility checkers and how they can help to make your courses more accessible.

We encourage you to bring a laptop if you would like to work on the accessibility in your course; however, the laptop is not required.

Date: May 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Location: Morrill 2015

*How to Register for CELT events*

Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email celt@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-5357

Canvas is implemented, Now Submit your Grades!

Spring semester 2018 grades are due by May 9th at 2:15pm. Follow this end of semester checklist to guide you through the end of the semester process in Canvas via the End of Semester Checklist website. You may also submit grades through AccessPlus.
Spring semester marked the implementation of Canvas as the centrally-supported learning management system at Iowa State University. Over 30,000 students were enrolled in nearly 3,000 courses taught by 2,200 instructors. In a survey CELT conducted earlier in the semester, students commented that the modules, the mobile friendliness, the list of upcoming assignments, and the calendar features helped them learn and kept them on track.
Finally, CELT Open Labs will be ending this Friday (April 27). You may schedule individual consultations with the CELT instructional designers for all your course development needs via the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website.
Best wishes for finals week.
Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
P.S. The CELT Teaching Tip resumes August 2018.

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Canvas is implemented, Now Submit your Grades! (April 26, 2018 – Constant Contact) website.

Prefer a Print version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the Teaching Tip for April 26 (PDF)

Preparing for Final Exams, The Sound of Silence

Last week, I asked my students in my 200-level “Creativity on Demand” course “how will you prepare for the final oral presentation to ensure it is professional?” You could have heard a pin drop. Hmm, I wondered, why were they all looking at me, but no one was responding? I waited the requisite 8 seconds and asked the question again. Crickets, nothing! Has this ever happened to you?

As you prepare your students for final exams, final presentations, and final projects, we can consider that sometimes the way that we ask questions can pose a challenge to undergraduate students. Trying to begin a discussion with a question that has “correct” answers can cause concern for students who do not want to look badly in the eyes or their peers. In this circumstance, students may wait it out until the instructor provides the answer to the question themselves. Something I did to my chagrin!

To solicit greater feedback, I could have asked the class something that they have all experienced. In my example above, perhaps I could have asked “what pitfalls have you seen that have made a presentation unprofessional?” Asking the question in this manner allows students to draw on experiences not necessarily central to themselves. I could have also written a concept on the board and asked students to suggest examples, either verbally or in small groups. For example, I could have written the words professional presentation on the board and asked students to suggest examples. This would have provided a wider option for responses rather than a very limited set of correct answers. Lastly, I could have asked the students to relate to examples of professional presentations (and unprofessional examples) that they may have read about in previous course materials. In this manner, students would have drawn on previous course material to think about their future presentation.

Next time you hear the sound of silence to a question that you pose, perhaps consider a different way to present the question to the students. I certainly will!


Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Preparing for Final Exams, The Sound of Silence (April 12, 2018 – Constant Contact) website.

Prefer a Print version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the Teaching Tip April 12 (PDF)

Shift in focus: student accessibility services

The dean of students office announced a unit name change, effective April 2. The former Student Disability Resources is now known as Student Accessibility Services. Associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students Vernon Hurte said the name change shifts the focus from a medical model of ‘disability’ toward creating a campus climate where all students have equitable access to education. The new email for the office is accessibility@iastate.edu.

(repost from Inside Iowa State’s Announcements website).

AAU Guest Lecture: Tobin Smith

Toby SmithThe Lion in the Path: U.S. Science Policy in an Era of Political Polarization and Alternative Facts

April 3, 4:10 – 5:00 p.m., Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

About Tobin (Toby) Smith

Tobin (Toby) Smith has served at Association of American Universities (AAU) since January 2003. As Vice President for Policy, he oversees  AAU’s policy projects, initiatives and activities including the AAU Undergraduate STEM education and PhD education initiatives. He is responsible for matters relating to science and innovation policy and broader impacts of science. He shares responsibility for matters concerning research costs and compliance issues including facilities and administrative costs, export controls, scientific openness and security, technology transfer and regulatory reform. He also staffs the Senior Research Officers constituent group.

Smith has written and spoken widely on science policy and funding issues. He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board to the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI). Smith is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Contact the Office of the Vice President for Research, via email vpr@iastate.edu or call 515-294-6344