August 4

MN eLearning Summit Resources

Image credit: https://cceevents.umn.edu/minnesota-elearning-summit

 

After an excellent gathering at Normandale college, many presenters have shared their handouts or presentations (new tab).

One of my personal favorites was the presentation on accessibility or specifically how to accessify your digital instructional materials (opens in new tab) , by Sara Shoen and Ann Fandrey from the U of M. In addition to their presentation they also provide a handout with core skills to be addressed on the path to accessible documents, presentations, emails, website, and videos.

 

June 20

Meeting Web Content Accessibility Standards

D2L Brightspace Community Website has great resources to offer. This link offers tips on web content accessibility. I am listing some important recommendations below:

  • When possible, use HTML topics to create your course content. D2L provides accessible HTML templates to streamline the content creation process. If you need to use other file formats, such as video files, choose formats that are recognized by most browsers or offer the material in multiple formats.
  • Use a simple layout that does not use tables or columns to organize information. When information is organized simply, it is easier for students to read and understand. Simple layout is also easier for assistive technology devices to interpret and present, and for mobile and handheld devices to resize.
  • Do not use color to convey meaning. If you want to show how concepts relate to each other, use a combination of size, color, and text labels.
  • Use headings to communicate the relationships between sections. Use Heading 1 for the title, Heading 2 for major sections, Heading 3 for subsections, and so on. If headings are used correctly, screen reader users can quickly search a page by heading and participants with cognitive disabilities can understand how sections and content relate easier.
  • Make sure each heading, item, and file name are unique.
  • Include alternative text descriptions (alt text) for all graphics. Use double quotes (null) as the alt text if the object is a decorative element that does not add meaning to the topic. If the graphic is a link, begin the alt text with “Link to”. The HTML Editor in Brightspace Learning Environment automatically prompts you to include alt text when you insert an image.
  • Ensure that there is a strong contrast between the text and the background colors in your course materials.
  • If you create PDF files from Microsoft Word or another word processor, format titles and sections using heading so they are correctly tagged in the PDF.
Accessible Page example with different headings and colors

From: https://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/access/documents/OnlineAccessibilityHandbook-loRes.pdf

March 29

3Play Media Upcoming Webinars

webinar: Quick Start to Captioning

Quick Start to Captioning

Watch this webinar to learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers Section 508 and ADA accessibility compliance, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integration with lecture capture and video platforms.
Register now!

Webinar: Who Should Be Involved in Your Campus' IT Initiative

Webinar: Who Should Be Involved in Your Campus’ IT Initiative

In this webinar, Rob Carr, the Accessibility Coordinator at Oklahoma ABLE Tech, will present on the various jobs and responsibilities that are required in implementing a well-rounded accessibility program. He’ll also provide you with the necessary tools to begin conversations for a campus-wide accessibility initiative.
Register now!

webinar: 15 Years After an OCR Suit

15 Years After an OCR Suit: NC State’s Accessibility Refresh

In 1999, NC State University resolved a suit from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). But what does accessibility at NC State University look like 15 (actually 17) years later? In this session, Grey Reavis (University IT Accessibility Coordinator) and Rebecca Sitton (Assistive Technology Coordinator) will look at how they are creating a proactive strategy to address the current risk areas on campus.
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webinar: How the University of Maryland Implemented a Campus-Wide IT Accessibility Plan

How the University of Maryland Implemented a Campus-Wide IT Accessibility Plan

In this webinar, Ana Palla-Kane (IT Accessibility Specialist) and Susan Johnston (Instructional Designer) will dive into the design and implementation of their IT accessibility plan, providing an inside look into the University of Maryland’s own strategies and structure. They will discuss the specific steps taken by the Division of IT in designing and implementing the plan, as well as provide insight into first-year successes and challenges.
Register now!

 

webinar: Captioning the 3Play Way

Captioning the 3Play Way

Join us to learn more about 3Play Media’s closed captioning process, services, tools, and standards. In this webinar, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder Josh Miller will address how 3Play Media can help make your videos fully accessible, searchable, and more engaging for all viewers.
Register now!

 

September 13

Free Accessibility Webinars by 3Play Media

Both online and on ground classes can always use more tips on how to make them more accessible. 3Play Media, a leader in captioning and accessibility support, provides complimentary webinars that can help institutions with accessibility requirements. Below is a list of the upcoming webinars:

  • webinar: National Research Results: How & Why Do Students Use Closed Captioning?

    National Research Results: How & Why Do Students Use Closed Captioning?

    In this webinar, Dr. Katie Linder, the head researcher on the project, will present for the first time on the findings of a national study of over 2,500 students. She will take a close look at how students use and perceive captioning and transcription at their institutions (beyond the need for accommodation).
    Register now!

  • webinar: Captioning the 3Play Way

    Captioning the 3Play Way

    Join us to learn more about 3Play Media’s closed captioning process, services, tools, and standards. In this webinar, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder Josh Miller will address how 3Play Media can help make your videos fully accessible, searchable, and more engaging for all viewers.
    Register now!

  • webinar: 2016 Legal Update on Digital Accessibility Cases

    2016 Legal Update on Digital Accessibility Cases

    This webinar will be presented by Lainey Feingold, a nationally recognized disability rights lawyer and pioneer of Structured Negotiation known for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements. In the Fall of 2016 the American Bar Association is publishing Lainey’s book, Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Her presentation will analyze key cases, government agency activity, settlements, and other developments in digital accessibility through September 2016.
    Register now!

  • webinar: Words of Experience: Developing an Electronic and Information (EIT) Accessibility Policy

    Words of Experience: Developing an Electronic and Information (EIT) Accessibility Policy

    You recognize the need for an electronic information technology (EIT) policy at your college or university, but now what? In this webinar, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) EIT Accessibility Team reveals how they successfully went about planning, designing, and implementing an accessibility policy at their institution.
    Register now!

  • webinar: National Research Results: How Colleges Nationwide Are Handling Captioning

    National Research Results: How Colleges Nationwide Are Handling Captioning

    Earlier this year, the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit conducted two nationwide research projects on closed captioning in higher education. In this webinar, Dr. Katie Linder, the head researcher on the project, will present for the first time on the findings of the institutional survey. Katie will take a close look at the results from over 50 colleges and universities nationwide, focusing on the challenges of and solutions for captioning.
    Register now!

  • webinar: An Architect of the ADA on Its Application to Modern Technology

    An Architect of the ADA on Its Application to Modern Technology

    In this webinar, one of the architects of the ADA, Bobby Silverstein, will discuss his perspective on the development of the ADA, as well as on its application to modern technology, the Internet, and accessible workplace technology.
    Register now!

  • webinar: Quick Start to Captioning

    Quick Start to Captioning

    Watch this webinar to learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers Section 508 and ADA accessibility compliance, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integration with lecture capture and video platforms.
    Register now!

March 28

Special Interest Group: Learning Spaces and Instructional Technology webinars and Campus Tour

Special Interest Group (SIG) is again organizing a series of free and open to anyone Learning Spaces and Instructional Technology  webinars. What is new is that they have prepared a Learning Space Tour at Hennepin Technical College on April 8. You can register for these events here: http://mnquality.eventbrite.com

Special Interest Group Learning Spaces and Instructional Technology webinars March AprilSpecial Interest Group Campus Tour

February 17

8 MOOCs that Support Technology in Teaching

online_livingroom 011An article written by Dian Schaffhauser on Campus Technology website has listed 8 MOOCs that can help faculty learn more on technology use in classroom (“8 MOOCs for Better Technology-Enhanced Teaching”). These professional development opportunities are, of course, open and offered through different universities. They are offered at different times, are self paced, and you can take what interests you the most from them. I will list them as they appear in the article.

1) Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience for Good    (starts February 22; runs 12 weeks; requires 2-3 hours of work per week, Canvas platform, Description: Learn how to create open educational resources (OER) for people in adult basic education programs.)

2) Becoming a Blended Learning Designer    (starts February 22; runs for 5 weeks; requires 2-3 hours of work per week, canvas paltform, Description: This MOOC will talk you through the Blended Learning Toolkit, a free, open resource for institutions that want to develop or expand their blended learning programs.)

3) Teaching with Tablets  (February 29, 2016; runs for 5 weeks; requires about 3 hours of work per week, Blackboard platform, Description: Intended for educators from elementary school through higher ed, this MOOC will cover the use of iPads and other tablets for teaching and learning.)

4) Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners  (February 22, 2016; runs 6 weeks, Canvas, Description: Your chance to gain the knowledge and skills to design inclusive learning experiences, especially for students with disabilities.)

5) Disability Awareness and Support  (Timeline: Self-paced, Coursera, Description: Advance your understanding of accessibility issues in education, including legislation, universal design and assistive technologies.)

6) Prior Learning Assessment for Educators and Industry (February 22; runs 3 weeks; requires 2 hours of work per week, Canvas, Description: This course will teach you how to develop policies and articulations for credit for prior learning (CPL), explain the use of portfolios and assessments and introduce you to existing credit “crosswalks” and assessment resources.)

7) Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started (March 7; runs for 5 weeks; requires about 4 hours of work per week, FutureLearn platform, Description: This UK-produced course covers multiple practices and pedagogies to help participants learn how to use blended or hybrid tools and technologies “with confidence.” The “getting started” session is followed by an additional series on “embedding the practices.”)

8) Leaders of Learning (May 2016; runs 6 weeks; requires 2-4 hours of work per week, edX platform, Description: Richard Elmore, a professor of educational leadership in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, takes participants on a tour of the “shifting landscape of learning.” You’ll explore how learning is changing in a digital culture.)

November 24

NCDAE Accessibility Resources

photocredit: ncdae.org NCDAE Cheatsheets screenshot

 

National Center on Disability and Access to Education (© NCDAE) has developed a list of resources that can help with accessibility. If you wonder how to make your documents more accessible, you can find tips for Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel files. You can also find some resources on Adobe and Web content issues. They are on the NCDAE website, and they call them Cheatsheets.

Click here to access these great accessibility resources.

November 17

Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference starting tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder, with a full schedule following: tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18, through Friday, November 20, the Accessing Higher Ground virtual conference will be featured at St. Cloud State University. Brought to you by the Academic Technologies Team, the different sessions (webcasts) will be shown in Miller Center conference rooms 114 and 115.

Pass this along to whomever you think is interested. Accessibility in learning is one of the major themes of today’s higher education. We are happy to have this opportunity right here on our campus.

Finally, the recordings of these sessions will be available after the conference, and we will notify you how to get those.

Virtual Conference Schedule – Live Stream

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Track “A” Sessions     Miller Center Room 114

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Alt Text Production: Providing More Effective Services and Promoting Student Self-Reliance, Jenna Atkinson, Utah Valley University
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. How to Write a Good Description for Visual Elements, Gaeir Dietrich, HTCTU, Robert Beach, Kansas City Kansas Community College
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Faculty Outreach – Spreading the Gospel of Alternate Format to the Faculty Front Lines, Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder
1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Getting from Barrier-Free to Great User Experiences?, Whitney Quesenbery, UX Researcher & Director of Center for Civic Design
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. School of Social Work and Disability Resources: Working to Make Documents Distributed through LMS Accessible, Krista Greear, Univeristy of Washington
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Designing a Mobile Ready Course with Universal Design, Kate Miller, UC Denver

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Track “B” Sessions     Miller Center Room 115

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. What did I sign up for? Technology Accessibility for New Professionals, Steven Salter, Ashford University
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. What works with faculty? Results from a yearlong faculty-to-faculty accessible instructional materials workshop,   Scott Kupferman, University of Colorado
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Challenges of Emerging Technology in Online Education: Tips and Tools for Ensuing Accessibility in the Online Environment, Steven Salter, Ashford University
1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Getting from Barrier-Free to Great User Experiences?, Whitney Quesenbery, UX Researcher & Director of Center for Civic Design
3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. When the Federal Government Comes Knocking on Your Virtual Door– What to Expect in an ADA or 504 Technology Review, Mary Lou Mobley, U.S. Dept. of Education (double-session)

 

Thursday, November 19, 2015, Track “A” Sessions          Miller Center Room 114

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Managing Accessibility in Online Education: WKU Processes and Practices, Anne Honaker, Western Kentucky University
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Creating faculty buy-in for accessibility, Kristi O’Neil-Gonzalez, CSU Channel Islands
1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Plenary Panel: Technology Accessibility in Higher Education — The Student PerspectiveA panel of students with disabilities from across the United States share their challenges, solutions, success stories, and ideas.
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. UDOIT – Instructure Canvas Course Accessibility Checker, Nancy Swenson, UCF

 

Thursday, November 19, 2015, Track “B” Sessions          Miller Center Room 117

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Introducing the Center for Accessible Materials Innovation: A First In The World Project, Robert Martinengo, Georgia Institute of Technology
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Building Accessibility Auditing into Course Development, Kara Zirkle, George Mason University
1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Plenary Panel: Technology Accessibility in Higher Education — The Student PerspectiveA panel of students with disabilities from across the United States share their challenges, solutions, success stories, and ideas.
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. New Developments in Image and Math Content Accessibility 2.0, Sue-Ann Ma, Benetech

 

Friday, November 20, 2015, Track “A” Sessions                Miller Center Room 114

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. E-Learning Accessibility: What Does an Instructor Need to Know?, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. When the DoJ/OCR makes a visit: Campus leaders discuss lessons learned in resolving complaints about inaccessible IT, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington (double-session)
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Fostering a Course Accessibility Community of Practice, Matt Dingo, Ohio University

 

Friday, November 20, 2015, Track “B” Sessions                Miller Center Room 115

Time Session Information
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Motivating Accessibility Adoption on Campus, Janet Sedgley, University of Montana
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Taking on the elephant in the room: Implementing innovative procurement processes in a large University system, Tom Siechert, California State University, Fresno
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Getting Mainstream Publishers onto the Accessibility Bandwagon: Why STEM & commercial publishers avoid accessibility, Bevi Chagnon, PubCom — The Publishing Communications Group
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Creating Audio-Tactiles on the Fly, Alexa Schriempf, Penn State University

 

November 16

Recorded Webinars on Online Learning Accessibility

3Play media Recorded Webinars

 

Implementing Universal and Inclusive Design for Online Learning
This webinar discussed how the principles of universal and inclusive design can be applied to the online learning environment, with a particular focus on the accessibility of course content and materials.Here you can find the Recorded webinar of Implementing Universal and Inclusive Design for Online Learning, which includes closed captions and a searchable interactive transcript, as well as the slide deck.

10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content
With recent lawsuits in higher education and updates to Section 508 on the horizon, it is more important than ever that online learning content be made accessible to students with disabilities. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader and Web Accessibility Trainer, will provided 10 tips for making your online course material accessible. Here you can find the Recorded webinar of 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content, which includes closed captions and a searchable interactive transcript, as well as the slide deck and handout.

Also, see additional free recorded webinars on various topics, including accessibility, captioning, and universal design.