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for Aiming for Accessibility conference at University of Guelph. May 27/09. Presented by Kyle Mackie (UofG) and Sandra Earl (D2L)

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  • Kyle Hi everyone, today Sandra and I are going to talk about accessibility in the context of Learning Management Systems. This presentation is meant to be a basic overview of: • What Desire2Learn is doing to address accessibility concerns • and what course designers and instructors can do to improve the accessibility of courses We’ll try to address questions as we go through our presentation and should have time at the end for longer comments and discussions. Sandra: Kyle and I are both involved with Desire2Learn Accessibility Interest Group, which is a client-led accessibility initiative dedicated to helping Desire2Learn review the accessibility of our eLearning Suite. The group helps us review designs, assess our compliance with laws and standards, and set priorities for outstanding accessibility work. If anyone is interested in becoming involved with the group, please feel free to contact us for more information.
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    1. 1. Beyond alt tags: Creating accessible course content in a Learning Management System Kyle Mackie - TSS Sandra Earl - D2L
    2. 2. Guiding Statement Instructional practices should focus on helping all students learn, and should not be limited by the learning environment the material is delivered in.
    3. 3. Accessible eLearning <ul><ul><li>Accessible eLearning Suites allow users to access and interpret learning material using technologies suited to their particular needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible eLearning Suites help address the mismatch between a learner’s needs and traditional instructional practices by supporting diverse learning materials and learning paths. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. D2L and Accessibility <ul><ul><li>At Desire2Learn we test our products against two major accessibility standards: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Section 508 of the United States Rehabilitation Act </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) produced by the World Wide Web Consortium. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We publish our compliance, including outstanding concerns, on our corporate website and have a consortium of accessibility experts at client institutions review our results. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Organizing course materials <ul><li>Open Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your Course Home page to introduce yourself and to encourage students to contact you if they need assistance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your Course Home page to provide a brief explanation of your course, including where to find course materials and assignment deadlines. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Organizing course materials <ul><li>Redundancy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a course syllabus with direct links to relevant material. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Schedule tool to communicate important dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a checklist that includes all assignments, readings, quizzes, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Organizing course materials <ul><li>Redundancy (again!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide the same information in multiple formats. For example provide readings, podcasts, videos, etc. on the same topic. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make assignment formats flexible. For example, allow users to submit either a webpage, interview or essay. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Organizing course materials <ul><li>Time limits and deadlines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Discussions tool instead of the Chat tool for collaboration projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide readings and assignments in advanced so that students can work ahead and prepare. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Organizing course materials <ul><li>Time limits and deadlines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider offering quizzes without time limits. If time limits are appropriate, make sure students who need it have Special Access. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Creating course materials <ul><ul><li>A good starting point for creating accessible course materials is ensuring that your HTML content is accessible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things you need to consider when creating accessible HTML include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative text (descriptions) for images </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Properly tagged headings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contextual links </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contrasting foreground and background colors </li></ul></ul></ul>