Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Guiding statements<br />Instructional practices should focus on helping students learn; they should not be limited by the learning environment the material is delivered in.<br />Accessible Learning Management Systems allow users to access and interpret learning material using technologies suited to their particular needs.<br />Accessible Learning Management Systems support the creation of diverse, accessible learning materials and learning paths.<br />
Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Accessibility at Desire2Learn<br />Desire2Learn is dedicated to developing standards-compliant, accessible learning products that improve learning opportunities for all students.<br />We build accessibility into all areas of our design lifecycle, including: design, development and testing.<br />We seek feedback and guidance from client experts through the Desire2Learn Accessibility Interest Group.<br />We publish our compliance with leading standards, including the WCAG 2.0 guidelines and Section 508 VPAT, on our corporate website and have our clients verify our claims. <br />http://www.desire2learn.com/products/accessibility<br />
Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Tips and tricks for accessible course content<br />Open Communication<br />Online courses can be challenging for students with physical or learning disabilities as they can feel disconnected from their instructor, and learning materials can be hidden across many tools.<br />Use your Course Home page to introduce yourself and to encourage students to contact you if they need assistance.<br />Provide an explanation of your course, including where to find course materials and assignment deadlines.<br />
Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Tips and tricks for accessible course content<br />Redundancy<br />One of the easiest ways to improve learning outcomes is to build clarity and redundancy into your lesson plans.<br />Create a detailed course syllabus that links directly to relevant readings, assignments, and examinations.<br />Reiterate the syllabus in the Schedule and Checklist tools.<br />Provide the same information in multiple formats. For example, provide readings, podcasts, videos, etc. on the same topic.<br />
Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Tips and tricks for accessible course content<br />Flexibility and time<br />Students with disabilities may take longer to complete tasks and may demonstrate their knowledge better using different indicators.<br /><ul><li>Accommodate students’ interests and strengths by allowing them to submit assignments in different mediums.</li></ul>Provide readings and assignments in advance.<br />Use the Discussions tool instead of the Chat tool for collaboration projects.<br />Allow additional time (Special Access) for students who need it.<br />
Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Tips and tricks for accessible course content<br />Accessible HTML content<br />Students who use assistive technologies such as screen readers and screen magnifiers rely on HTML markup to adjust and interpret a web pages contents.<br /><ul><li>Some basic changes to how you create HTML files can have a big impact.
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Ensure you have good color contrast</li></li></ul><li>Creating Accessible Course Content<br />Learn more about creating accessible content<br />Functional Accessibility Evaluator<br />WAVE toolbar<br />WebAIM<br />W3C – How people with disabilities use the web<br />JISC Tech DIS Accessibility Essentials Series<br />http://fae.cita.uiuc.edu/<br />http://wave.webaim.org/toolbar<br />http://webaim.org/toolbar<br />http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/people-use-web<br />http://www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials<br />
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