Are You WCAG 2.0 Compliant? Designing for Accessible and Inclusive Learning Environments
Pre-Conference Workshop Session 1
With the recent Section 508 Refresh, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 will become enforceable by law in January 2018. Come explore some tips and techniques to add to your accessibility toolkit in order to become compliant and inclusive!
***This workshop is BYOD (Bring your own device)***
As the amount of offerings moving online continues to grow, it is crucial that accessibility for all students be a focal point of the course design process. Various accessibility initiatives are restructuring and becoming more stringent in order to preserve equitable access for people of all abilities. It’s crucial for higher education to stay abreast of these changes in legislation in order to avoid becoming vulnerable to potential lawsuits.
This workshop will focus on the importance of designing with accessibility in mind. This means being proactive and implementing accessibility measures from the beginning, instead of waiting for that accommodation letter from the Disability Services office and attempting to retrofit your course (often within a short period of time). Most of the accessibility components are simple to understand and implement once the designer is aware of the tools and techniques available to them.
During this workshop we will take a deeper dive into some of the most important accessibility guidelines that course instructors and instructional designers need to consider when creating Web pages or online courses. These tips will benefit students of all abilities and will also help you move towards meeting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. We will also explore other resources for helping you create accessible documents, incorporate closed captioning and transcription, as well as accessibility evaluation tools to add to your accessibility toolkit.