[Athen] Creating Accessibility for online learning

Prof Norm Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 08:05:56 PDT 2011

Creating Accessibility for online learning

Starting Monday, November 7, EASI's Barrier-free E-learning course will
explore how online courses can be made more accessible without instructors
having to learn HTML code or struggle through a lot of technical jargon. It
can be much easier than you think. Faculty can use features already built
into the authoring tools they use every day to create a level learning
space for all their students.

This course is taught entirely online and is delivered using the Blackboard
LMS delivery system. Students can study from anywhere and at any time of
the day. The instructor, Norm Coombs, has been teaching online for over 25

Barrier-free lesson topics are:
* Week 1: Accessible Online Learning Is a Three-legged Stool
* Lesson 1: Introduction to Online Learning
* Lesson 2: Online Learning and Students with Disabilities
* Week 2: Using Tools You Already Use and Know
* Lesson 3: Creating Accessible Content With MS Office
* Lesson 4: Creating Accessible Content With PowerPoint
* Week 3: Going Beyond Authoring with MS Office
* Lesson 5: Accessible Content for Science Technology and Math
* Lesson 6: Creating Accessible Content Using Multimedia
* Week 4: Pulling It All Together
* Lesson 7: Putting Content Online and Checking Its Accessibility
* Lesson 8: Supporting and Managing Online Accessibility

The recommended text for the course is:

Making Online Teaching Accessible (available from Amazon and an accessible
version from bookshare.org)

Those who register for Barrier-free E-learning in November 2011 will
receive a bonus pamphlet:

Ten Tips for Online Teachers

Students from overseas and EASI Annual Members receive a 20% discount on
the registration fee of $350.

(There is also a scholarship available for those who cannot procure funding
from their institution. http://esi.cc/scholarship.htm)

Read more and register from:


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It's never too late to become what you might have been. George Eliot
Once you choose hope, anything's possible. Christopher Reeve
Norman Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com

Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design for Students
with Disabilities by Norman Coombs published by Jossey-Bass Oct 10,2010

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