Mandatory Web Accessibility Training for Online Faculty

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Presentation (Lightning Session) at Desire2Learn FUSION 2013 in Boston. July 16, 2013.

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Mandatory Web Accessibility Training for Online Faculty

  1. 1. Mandatory Web Accessibility Training for Online Faculty Barry Dahl, Desire2Learn
  2. 2. Why: The Case for Web Accessibility • It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities. Indeed, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right. www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
  3. 3. Who: The Case for Web Accessibility Accessibility supports social inclusion for people with disabilities as well as others, such as older people, people in rural areas, and people in developing countries. www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
  4. 4. What: Examples of Web Accessibility • Some basic examples: – Alternative text for images – Full navigation via keyboard – Transcripts for podcasts – Captions for videos – Color choices that help not hinder www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
  5. 5. Example of alt-text in Desire2Learm From UW-Milwaukee http://uwmltc.org/?p=878
  6. 6. How: Making Online Ed Accessible • None of this will happen in a vacuum. • Professional development opportunities are key to improving accessibility in online education. • Knowledge training in this field needs to be MANDATORY! www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
  7. 7. Comparing Gravity to Web Accessibility
  8. 8. Same with Accessibility
  9. 9. W3C – National Policies http://www.w3.org/WAI/Policy/
  10. 10. Use existing training resources. Some examples
  11. 11. projectone.cannect.org/
  12. 12. webaim.org/resources/
  13. 13. www.w3.org/WAI/users/
  14. 14. www.catea.gatech.edu/grade/
  15. 15. www.doit.wisc.edu/outside- cms/accessibility/online-course/index.htm
  16. 16. www.washington.edu/doit/ Resources/accessdl.html
  17. 17. Assessment of Training • Create Desire2Learn course shell • Enroll all online faculty and related staff • Create one or more assessments • Provide badges or certificates of completion • Monitor non-completors and send reminders
  18. 18. Contact Info • email: Barry.Dahl@Desire2Learn.com • Twitter: @D2LBarry

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