[Athen] Instructional Technology Accessibility planning?
rsthompson2 at ua.edu
Wed Jul 29 08:10:53 PDT 2015
Our campus has just announced the web accessibility phase of our technology accessibility plan (WCAG 2.0 AA over four years). We have based our approach on lots of W3C readings as well as what we learned from the GOALS project, WebAIM, what other universities have done, the needs of our campus’ SWD, and input from our web teams.
Now, we want to draft a proposal for phase two: instructional technology. For us, this would include the materials posted annually by 5000+ staff and faculty in 20000+ Blackboard courses, as well as our captured lectures, publisher materials, and more. Have you drafted a plan to cover these needs? How did you do it? My first thoughts are to focus initially on courses most of our students have to take (the core curriculum and gen ed classes), the fully online ones, and the ones with largest enrollments. We will also communicate our guidelines to vendors and evaluate their accessibility. We will offer training to our faculty, staff, and teaching assistants, too. I would love your feedback on these thoughts and, if anyone is willing to chat with me about it or has a plan you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d be much obliged.
Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility
Center for Instructional Technology
University of Alabama
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