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Accessibility: Decoded - Making Accessibility Manageable in Online Courses

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Presenter(s)
Erin Blauvelt (Excelsior College, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Track: 
Student Services and Learner Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Americas Seminar
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 6
Abstract

This presentation will cover accessibility standards in online education, decode some tricky technical requirements and discuss project management strategies and documentation for implementation into courses.

Extended Abstract

Having trouble defining what an accessible online course means to your institution, even with the standards published for websites? How do you get started improving your courses for accessibility? Is it possible that adding accessibility standards can enhance your courses for all of your students? Despite all of the laws, publications, trainings, and standards out there for accessibility, the technical details still remain a very "gray" topic and can be difficult to discuss in a "black and white" manner, especially when applying to online learning. Excelsior College is currently in year 3 of a 4-year project to retrofit all 500+ of our online courses accessible and implement accessibility standards into our course development process. This presentation will cover accessibility in online education, decode some of the tricky technical requirements and discuss some of our project management strategies and documentation that we have used to make this conversion project as painless as possible. Our specialized, institutionally-developed standards manual will be shared, which we are using to implement accessibility standards into all of our course development and edit procedures. This manual includes easy-to-understand technical instructions, screenshots, examples and decision-making trees. We will discuss the training plan that we have used, including our standards and division of responsibilities lists, which are tailored to specific job duties. Our handouts, checklists and quick-reference guides will be reviewed and available as well.

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Please contact me with any questions!
-Erin Blauvelt
eblauvelt@excelsior.edu