Register Today for the Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators (Apr. 18-May 8)

With campuses now under fire for their course content not complying with 504, 508 and WACG2.0 guidelines, it is timely to visit the topic of accessibility in the educational setting. This MOOC introduces the importance of accessibility as an essential communication tool to provide equal, barrier-free access to information for educational institutions. Participants will be exposed to the legal guidelines and standards which affect most educational institutions. The MOOC will focus on accessibility principles and techniques, contextualized for educational users but will also be useful for anyone interested in applying accessibility tools to their communication. Topics covered in the MOOC:

  • Principles of accessibility, why it is important, and who is affected in educational institutions.
  • The effect of accessibility barriers on people’s access to information.
  • WACG 2.0 guidelines and resources as the international standard for web accessibility
  • Creating accessible MSOffice and PDF documents.
  • Creating accessible images, diagrams and charts.
  • Creating accessible audio and video resources.
  • Creating accessible HTML pages.

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and use of the correct terminology to define accessibility in an educational setting and understand challenges associated with non-accessible content for persons with disabilities
  • Identify the elements of MSOffice and PDF documents necessary for meeting accessibility compliance
  • Locate the accessibility tool to correct identified errors and issues in a PDF
  • Identify areas to provide alternative text descriptions for images, diagrams and charts, and demonstrate techniques for making images, diagrams and charts accessible.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of POUR to develop accessible web pages and apply techniques to correct common web accessibility problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge and process of creating a transcript for an video or audio file and how to insert a transcript or create closed captions to a video for YouTube, or similar video hosting solution.

Registration

Visit Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators Canvas Network website to register for this free MOOC


Enroll Now: Accessibility – Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will be hosting three discussions for participants of the online course Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners.  This course, and our discussions, will help University community members to develop the knowledge and skills needed to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments.

During this six-week course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize and address challenges faced by students with disabilities related to access, success, and completion.
  • Articulate faculty and staff roles in reducing barriers for students with disabilities.
  • Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in designing accessible learning experiences.
  • Analyze the benefits of Backward Design when developing learning experiences.
  • Use Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines to create accessible courses.
  • Determine which tools and techniques are appropriate based on course content.

Prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions, participate in peer review assignments, take short self-check quizzes, watch videos, and explore relevant readings. You will also earn badges that recognize your mastery of these competencies.

Why participate in this MOOC and the CELT discussions? Watch this short Access MOOC video (audio described version of Access MOOC video)

Online Course (MOOC) Registration

To register for the Feb. 22 – Apr. 5 online course visit the Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners website.

CELT Discussions Registration

Register to attend the in-person discussions on the following Thursdays: Mar. 10, 24 and Apr. 7 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 192 Library) by visiting the Learn@ISU website.