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Improve Accessibility in Tomorrow’s Online Courses by Leveraging Yesterday’s Techniques

Traditionally, when a face-to-face student requested a sign language interpreter or other assistance, individualized accommodation arrangements were made through institutional channels.

With the advent of online courses, however, the concept of accessibility has emerged. In contrast to the reactive, customized approach of accommodation, accessibility means proactively identifying and removing as many barriers to instruction as possible—before a course is ever opened for registration.
While some argue that building in accessibility is prohibitively expensive, recent lawsuits are driving more and more institutions to view accessibility as a requirement rather than a luxury. Unfortunately, making an online course accessible is tough—unless you’re familiar with traditional print techniques.

Universal Design 4-pack

The Universal Design 4-pack will help you give all students equitable opportunity to engage with your course content, participate in course activities, and demonstrate their knowledge.

How Can Backward Design Make My Courses More Accessible?

Why struggle to remove barriers to learning when you can get things right the first time with backward design? Focusing on what you want students to get out of your course, through backward design, will help you develop creative and accessible assignments that help all students, whether or not they have a disability.

How Can I Make My Course Content More Accessible?

Designed for faculty who are new to the subject of accessibility and making accommodations, this session combines a conceptual approach with real-world tested practical advice. You’ll enhance your awareness of the drawbacks inherent in the most common ways of presenting course content and learn specific techniques for making material more accessible.

How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?

Designing exams with accessibility in mind can provide you with a more accurate assessment of student learning and bring your assignments into closer alignment with learning objectives. Learn more about how enhancing accessibility can improve your assessments.

Recent Seminars

Five Reasons to Stop Avoiding Online Accessibility Mandates

The federal government has increased its scrutiny and ramped up its efforts to enforce distance learning ADA accessibility requirements. Audits are on the rise, the overall regulatory atmosphere is becoming aggressive, and institutions that overlook accessibility face significant noncompliance penalties. Led by Fred Lokken, this seminar provides the background and framework needed to bring your online program into compliance.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Universal Design: Five Steps to Make Your Course Accessible

Course accessibility is about increasing learning for any and all students. It is about inclusion and equality. Ultimately, it is about student success. Participants of this seminar will not only learn about the value of universal design and the need to improve accessibility; but they will finish with actual tools and tactics they can employ immediately.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Multimedia Lectures: Tools for Improving Accessibility and Learning

College course work is meant to be challenging. The content and the vocabulary used are often unfamiliar to many students. For at-risk learners, the challenges are even greater. In some cases, these students have physical or learning disabilities that create accessibility issues, other times the challenges may be the result of the fact that they’re an international student, have anxiety issues, or a strong learning style preference that runs counter to the instructor’s style.

Tools and Techniques for Improving Course Accessibility

Speech capture, captioning, and transcription technology can improve success rates for all students, particularly at-risk learners who have learning disabilities or who are not native English speakers. Learn how you can use these tools to increase learning success on your campus by registering for this seminar today.

audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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