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    1. 1. June, 2006 Making Your Course ADA Compliant Innovative Teaching Center
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>After completing this workshop, you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Define accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Explain why accessibility can benefit your WebCT Course </li></ul><ul><li>Explain what your role is in making your course accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Identify various types of barriers for WebCT students with disabilities and how these barriers can be over come </li></ul><ul><li>Explain how to use a check list to do an accessibility audit on your course </li></ul>
    3. 3. Workshop Outline <ul><li>What is accessibility? </li></ul><ul><li>Why make your WebCT course accessible? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the instructor’s role in making a WebCT course accessible? </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Audit your WebCT course </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility resources </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is Web Accessibility? <ul><ul><li>Accessibility is the practice of making web pages easier to navigate and read. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is intended to assist those with disabilities, but it can be helpful to all. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Accessibility Barriers? <ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Limitations </li></ul></ul></ul>Hardware/Software Visual/Audio Problems Learning Disabilities
    6. 6. Why Make my WebCT Course Accessible? <ul><ul><li>Between 10 percent and 20 percent of the population have some type of disability. </li></ul></ul>Fact: According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 17.6% of Maryland’s population has a disability
    7. 7. Why Make my WebCT Course Accessible? <ul><ul><li>IT’S THE LAW , Section 508- Rehabilitation Act: Electronic information technology accessibility to all people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s our responsibility to provide equal access to educational material. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universal design (emphasize all learning styles) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s cheaper to design (plan) with accessibility in mind, than to retrofit! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you build it accessible, more students will come…more tuition. </li></ul></ul>“ Build for the Future!”
    8. 8. What is the Instructor’s Role in Making a WebCT Course Accessible? <ul><li>Knowledge of CSM’s policy </li></ul><ul><li>Attend training workshops on accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Build content using the ADA check off list </li></ul><ul><li>Think alternative versions, accommodate different learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with the ITC for technical support </li></ul>“ You are the content experts!”
    9. 9. WebCT and Accessibility <ul><li>WebCT is W3C Priority 1 (meets the accessibility requirements) compliant </li></ul><ul><li>Only YOU can make accessible content pages </li></ul>
    10. 10. Some Common Barriers
    11. 11. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Home Page Clutter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep the page simple, don’t have too many icons </li></ul><ul><li>Use CSM standards </li></ul>Bad Good
    12. 12. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>No Clear Organization in Content Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organize and Provide descriptive titles or explanations </li></ul>Organize files to Help Clarify Lessons Bad Good
    13. 13. Some Common Barriers Click here More information about sea lions <ul><ul><li>Bad Link Descriptions </li></ul></ul>Bad Good Clearly and accurately describe the link
    14. 14. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Difficult to Read Text: Color Contrast </li></ul></ul>Ensure that foreground and background contrast well Welcome Welcome Welcome Welcome Bad Good
    15. 15. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul></ul>Use easy-to-read fonts (on the Web, San serif fonts (e.g., Arial) are easiest to read for most. Bad Good easy-to-read fonts easy-to-read fonts
    16. 16. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Color </li></ul></ul>Be sure meaning is not conveyed by color alone Bad Good More information on the IRS Click on the red X to enter X
    17. 17. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Using Color to Convey Information: Color Blindness </li></ul></ul>Avoid Using color as a means to conveying information Good Bad
    18. 18. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Images with no Alternative Text </li></ul></ul>Provide Alternative Text for Images Bad Holly, picking up cooler at beach beach2.jpg Good ALT Text=“Holly, picking up our cooler at the beach“
    19. 19. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>No Description for Graphics and Charts </li></ul></ul>Provide descriptive text for graphics WebCT Quiz Illustration Description HTML: <a href=“aquifers_description.htm&quot;>Illustration Description</a>
    20. 20. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>WebCT Timed Response </li></ul></ul>Timed responses are difficult for people with mobility limitations, low vision, and cognitive disabilities. WebCT Quiz Enter Unlimited quiz duration Clock ticking down
    21. 21. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul>Provide captioning and transcripts (scrip) of audio, and descriptions of video Captioning WebCT Quiz Descriptions of Video Video transcript
    22. 22. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>WebCT Quizzes </li></ul></ul>Form Field Keep in mind, forms are generally difficult to use Allow unlimited time and additional attempts or make arrangements at the testing center Unlimited Time Additional Attempts
    23. 23. Some Common Barriers <ul><ul><li>Other Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extract outline to MS Word </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add Narration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Convert to Impatica for PowerPoint </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Adobe PDF </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add accessibility tags to document </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>MS Word </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add alternate text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Heading tags </li></ul></ul></ul>
    24. 24. WebCT Accessibility Audit <ul><li>See handout titled: </li></ul><ul><li>Audit of WebCT Accessibility and Usability for Students with Disabilities </li></ul>
    25. 25. WebCT Accessibility Resources <ul><li>WebCT Accessibility Good information on WebCT and their work on making WebCT complient. </li></ul><ul><li>Section 508 Public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508. </li></ul><ul><li>W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Support Services at CSM Glennis Daniels-Bacchus Academic Support ADA Coordinator, Ext. 7614 </li></ul><ul><li>The Access Board A federal agency that provides on-line guidance and training on compliance with the 508 standards. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Questions?
    27. 27. Making Your Course ADA Compliant Innovative Teaching Center