[Athen] Web Accessibility for Online Learning: A How-To Guide for
Creating Accessible Content
Rangin, Hadi Bargi
hadi at illinois.edu
Fri May 27 08:58:29 PDT 2011
[Sorry for the crossposting.]
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 Christopher Dobson (Harper College).
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 participants 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, 7, and 10) via an accessible web conferencing application called Talking Communities.
This workshop will enable participants to:
1. Develop an understanding of Universal Design Principles for Online Learning.
2. Understand how people with disabilities access the web and other formats.
3. Develop an understanding of potential accessibility/usability issues that need to be considered in course design.
4. Create more accessible/usable Microsoft Word documents.
5. Create more accessible/usable HTML-based course content.
* This workshop is offered via Sloan Consortium and eligible for the Sloan-C Certificate Program.
For more information visit: http://sloanconsortium.org/2011workshops
To register for this workshop visit: http://sloanconsortium.org/workshop/june2011_web-accessibility-online-learning-how-guide-creating-acessible-content
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