5 Strategies for Building a Culture of Online Accessibility

Concurrent Session 7

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Online course accessibility is not optional. However, faculty often express the difficulty accessibility requirements and understanding their obligations related to ADA and/or 508.   Beyond the federal mandates, what can else can we do to promote online accessibility awareness so it is ultimately woven into the fabric of the culture ?  

   

 
 

Presenters

Lindsey holds a Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology from University of South Florida. Since 2003 he has developed and supported hundreds of courses at USF and spearheaded key initiatives including the selection and implementation of a university wide online proctoring solution. He currently leads the Training and Support team.

Extended Abstract

Online course accessibility is not optional. However, faculty often express the difficulty of meeting accessibility requirements and understanding their obligations related to ADA and/or 508.  Adjacent to this are the ongoing legal cases making “litigation prevention” a primary motive for instilling online accessibility into the institution. While lawsuit prevention is important, focusing solely on this as a strategy is shortsighted. Beyond the federal mandates, what can else can we do to build awareness of online accessibility so it is ultimately woven into the fabric of the culture ?  This presentation provides participants with some of the challenges the University of South Florida (USF) faced for online accessibility and the strategies/initiatives for addressing each. These include 1) build partnerships, THEN processes & products; 2) create simple, value driven instructional materials; 3) conduct “live” evaluation sessions of students using assistive technologies within the LMS; 4) produce shareable internal publications to create clarity promote action; 5) drive continuous improvement through data collection.

Below are the outcomes related to each strategy covered within the presentation.  

1) Build partnerships, THEN processes & products

Participants will...
- Learn the processes that organically developed over 2 years to increase the level of support for students with special needs 

 

2) Create simple, value driven instructional materials

Participants will...
- See the module we created to teach faculty about online accessibility which includes presentation samples, assignments, and simulation activities 
- Learn what faculty enjoyed and applied vs. what they skipped and why 
- Acquire steps for creating your own custom “value driven” content  
 

3) Conduct “live” evaluation sessions of students using assistive technologies within the LMS

Participants will...
- Learn how we conducted in-house accessibility testing of the LMS (Canvas) and other course software 
- Get access to the full report providing recommendations to the LMS vendor (Instructure) and considerations for faculty 

 

4) Produce shareable internal publications to create clarity promote action

Participants will...
- Get access to the articles / blog, learn what we learned from our marketing team, and see the content guidelines we set to ensure value and promote action
 

5) Drive continuous improvement through data collection

Participants will...
- See how we surveyed faculty comfort and knowledge of online course accessibility and how we used the data to shape future initiatives