[Athen] Instructional Technology Accessibility planning?

Thomas Kearns tkearns at tmcc.edu
Thu Jul 30 07:04:38 PDT 2015

"the GOALS project"

Four Keys to System-wide Web Accessibility

Indicators for Institutional Web Accessibility

*Thomas Kearns*
Assistive Technician / Accessibility Specialist ATACP
Office of Disability Resource Center
Truckee Meadows Community College
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On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 8:10 AM, Thompson, Rachel <rsthompson2 at ua.edu>

> Hi, all.


> 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.


> Rachel


> Dr. Rachel S. Thompson

> Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility

> Center for Instructional Technology

> University of Alabama

> http://accessibility.ua.edu



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