Thursday, April 21, 2011

Courses and Accessibility

Throwback Post from the Focus on Faculty Newsletter

Ever wanted to know if your courses meet accessibility guidelines?  Well your chance to find out is only a click away.
Did you know? The major categories of disability types include:
Blindness, low vision, color-blindness
Inability to use a mouse, slow response time, limited fine motor control
Learning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

Many web resources can assist you in building course material and content that meets ADA requirements. Please check out WebAIM. --> Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM) is an initiative from Utah State University. This organization hosts a
powerful website full of resources where you can determine whether or not your website is accessible.

Some content includes:
A link to evaluate cognitive web accessibility;
A link to a Section 508 Checklist;
A webpage accessibility checker;
Articles on accessibility;
Templates for creating accessible web content;
Captioning Resource List; and
So much more.

Also check out a presentation archive on Educause:

The presentation will highlight accessibility problems and strengths of WebCT, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Sakai and present
recommendations for improvement. The authors explore common tools (e-mail, quizzes, discussions, content delivery) from
the students' point of view.

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