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Creating Accessible Course Content
Creating Accessible Course Content
Creating Accessible Course Content
Creating Accessible Course Content
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Creating Accessible Course Content

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for presentation at FUSION 2009, D2L User Conference, in St. Paul, MN

for presentation at FUSION 2009, D2L User Conference, in St. Paul, MN

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

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