[Athen] Sloan-C Workshop 09/22 - 10/01/2010 Web Accessibility for Online Learning

Hadi Rangin hadi at illinois.edu
Mon Aug 30 11:52:31 PDT 2010

Web Accessibility for Online Learning: A How-To Guide for Creating
Accessible Content

Universal design seeks to make online learning available and accessible for
all types of learners. Online faculty and instructional designers often find
themselves overwhelmed or too busy with their day-to-day responsibilities to
fully appreciate and integrate the design principles and tools that can be
used to make learning equitable, flexible, and adaptable.
Discover how principles of universal design can help you create course
content that can be accessed and used by anyone, including people with
disabilities. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a basic
understanding of Universal Design Principles for Online Learning, potential
accessibility/usability issues that need to be considered in course design,
and methods for creating more accessible/usable course content. As the
workshop focus will be on web accessibility, familiarity with an HTML
authoring tool is desired but not required.
This workshop will be offered by Hadi Rangin (University of Illinois), Prof.
Norm Coombs (Equal Access to Software and Information) and Marc Thompson
(University of Illinois).
This workshop is offered over 10 consecutive days and requires approximately
one hour of reading per day. Three small individual assignments will build
on one another to produce a final project submission that will showcase each
participant's understanding of how to apply universal design principles to
communication, teaching, and basic course design, including basic web
authoring, styling, and multimedia considerations. Daily focused group
discussion will help participants gain a better understanding of key design
problems, ideas, and potential solutions. Participants are strongly
encouraged to share their ideas, questions, and answers in the workshop
discussions and will be automatically enrolled in the discussion list upon
registration. Additionally, this workshop will host 3 live, synchronous
sessions (on days 2, 6, and 10) via an accessible web conferencing
application called Talking Communities.

Workshop Goals

This workshop will enable participants to:
1. Develop an understanding of Universal Design Principles for Online
2. Understand how people with disabilities access the web and other
3. Develop an understanding of potential accessibility/usability issues
that need to be considered in course design.
4. Create more accessible/usable HTML-based course content.
5. Create more accessible/usable Microsoft Word documents.


1. This workshop is a fee-based workshop; however, the fee will be
reimbursed upon successful completion of the workshop.
2. This workshop is offered via Sloan Consortium and eligible for the
Sloan-C Certificate Program.
For more information visit:
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