2 Upcoming Live Webinars: Accessibility Support Model (Nov. 7) and Accessibility in Distance Education (Nov. 9)

Live Webinar: Accessibility Support Model – How a Large University Supports Diverse Learners Taking Online Courses (EduCause)

Monday, November 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall or on your own

To view on campus register visit Learn@ISU website.
To view on your own register through Educause ELI webinar website

In this session, we will share the University of Central Florida’s Accessibility Support Model for online courses that was designed to provide a scalable and systematic approach to creating accessible online courses. This model consists of several strategies one of which is educating faculty on how to apply Universal Design for Learning principles to the design of their online courses.  We will also share the accommodations work flow that was implemented as part of this process and showcase strategies and resources that we have implemented to empower faculty to create accessible course materials and support diverse learning styles including just in time online resources as well as the Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT). Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about UCF’s Accessibility Support Model: a scaleable and systematic approach to providing accommodations in online courses.
  • Learn about the accommodations work flow that was implemented as part of the accommodation process.
  • Learn about the strategies and resources that have been implemented to empower faculty to create accessible materials and support diverse learning styles.

Live Webinar: Accessibility in Distance Education: Issues for a New Administration (Magna Publications)

Wednesday, November 9 from 1 – 2:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall (on-campus viewing only)

To register visit Learn@ISU website.

Accessibility is an area of growing concern, especially for colleges and universities looking to attract global learners. This seminar will explain the steps educators and institutions can take to ensure that individuals with disabilities and differing abilities, as well as those from disparate intellectual, cultural, and economic backgrounds, can access educational opportunities on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Here is some of what you’ll learn during this 60-minute live webinar:

  • Understanding the current accessibility situation and barriers to digital inclusion
  • Uncovering necessary sources of knowledge and resources to better design programs and courses to engage learners of all abilities and disabilities
  • Knowing how to conduct an audit and/or review at an educational institution focused on positive outcomes rather than avoiding the punishments associated with noncompliance
  • Establishing institutional and faculty development programs to improve accessibility and learning opportunities
  • Evaluating learners’ bandwidth situations and ensuring that campuses can perform and are adequately staffed for evaluations of campus infrastructure, LMS, learning software, closed captioning systems, and assistive systems and devices to deliver online learning and distance education

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.


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.


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