Presentation Title

Taking the Lead on the Path to Digital Access: Ways to Make a Difference on Your Campus

Document Type

Presentation

Session Description

We all know as instructors, staff, and administrators we should be taking action to ensure that all technology – websites, course management systems, and online teaching and learning products – is accessible to individuals with disabilities. As we explore and implement digital learning environments, how are we being accountable to the reality that the technology and digital content must be made accessible to individuals with disabilities? At ground level, accessibility of technology is a matter of statutory compliance (ADA, §504, etc). Beyond that, inclusive design practices benefit everyone, including learners with disabilities while also creating a welcoming campus climate. This can feel impossibly overwhelming especially when considering federal lawsuits, ethics, and instructional design. Embedding accessibility of technology requires a shift in individual and organizational behavior. As you consider how to integrate accessibility of technology at your institution, we will share information, examples, and recommendations based on concrete assessments of our websites and learning products.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify how to integrate accessibility into institutional goals or their own class
  • Understand resources and standards for evaluating accessibility of digital learning environments
  • Gain insight into building political and financial support networks.

Keywords

digital access, accessibility, compliance, WCAG, closed captioning

Audience Focus

Both K-12 and Higher Education

Start Date

7-28-2016 1:45 PM

End Date

7-28-2016 2:45 PM

Brief Biography of Primary Presenter

Peter Angelos has over 25 years of experience in the field of information technology in the educational, nonprofit, private, and government sectors. As Director of Technology for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Peter provides strategic leadership and professional IT management so the College can ensure a continued high quality educational experience.

 
Jul 28th, 1:45 PM Jul 28th, 2:45 PM

Taking the Lead on the Path to Digital Access: Ways to Make a Difference on Your Campus

We all know as instructors, staff, and administrators we should be taking action to ensure that all technology – websites, course management systems, and online teaching and learning products – is accessible to individuals with disabilities. As we explore and implement digital learning environments, how are we being accountable to the reality that the technology and digital content must be made accessible to individuals with disabilities? At ground level, accessibility of technology is a matter of statutory compliance (ADA, §504, etc). Beyond that, inclusive design practices benefit everyone, including learners with disabilities while also creating a welcoming campus climate. This can feel impossibly overwhelming especially when considering federal lawsuits, ethics, and instructional design. Embedding accessibility of technology requires a shift in individual and organizational behavior. As you consider how to integrate accessibility of technology at your institution, we will share information, examples, and recommendations based on concrete assessments of our websites and learning products.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify how to integrate accessibility into institutional goals or their own class
  • Understand resources and standards for evaluating accessibility of digital learning environments
  • Gain insight into building political and financial support networks.