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Make News with Accessibility Awareness: Strategies to Help Faculty Get Started

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Presented by

Paula Kaplan, Instructional Designer, Marshall University

Bevin Rainwater, Instructional Designer, University of Hartford

Recent headlines about ADA lawsuits have drawn attention to issues of accessibility for people with disabilities. This session explores how two different institutions are increasing faculty awareness of the importance of accessibility and helping faculty provide accessible courses and materials for all students through Blackboard, regardless of class format -- face-to-face, hybrid (blended), or fully online.

The University of Hartford's Faculty Center for Learning Development, Department of Disability Services, and Online Programs have joined forces in a renewed effort to raise awareness and help faculty get started. At Marshall University, the Design Center is collaborating with faculty from the Department of Special Education and the Office of Disability Services to provide workshops, as well as Blackboard with information and resources.

This session will impart the necessity of making content accessible to all users; demonstrate valuable tips on how easy it is to implement in Blackboard; discuss strategies for departments across campus to work collaboratively on faculty outreach; and share pointers on how to get started. So the next headline we see just might be: News Flash! Faculty Use Accessibility Strategies to Help All Students Succeed!

The top takeaways from the session include:

  1. Discover at least four ways to make content accessible in Blackboard.
  2. Value cross-campus collaboration as a key feature in making faculty prioritize accessibility and the need for accessible course materials and content.
  3. Plan and develop first steps in creating a faculty outreach program on accessibility.

This is a must-attend webinar for higher education professionals, including:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic Technology Professionals