Accelerate Accessibility And Engagement With CourseArc

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Brief Abstract

Come learn how CourseArc allows the easy creation of engaging and WCAG 2.1 AA compliant content and assessments.

Presenters

Stacey Murphy is a Client Support Specialist with CourseArc and has over 17 years of experience in education. She started her career as a high school math teacher, completed her master’s degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Adult Education & Distance Learning as an online student, and was the Director of Curriculum and Training for a national education management organization. Her experience includes traditional, blended, and online schools with students from kindergarten through college.

Extended Abstract

Technology is present in every facet of life. It is now common in classrooms of all varieties, placing a responsibility on instructors and administrators to ensure the equitable use of technology. Students at every level of education, from pre-K to graduate and professional studies, present with different abilities and needs. Technology must be accessible to each of these students, regardless of special needs, different learning styles, or demographics. The most successful strategy for creating an equitable tech experience is the use of a platform that employs an accessible design in the earliest content development stages.

At CourseArc, our mission is clear–make the development of high-quality and accessible online courses easy. Our templated approach makes creating engaging and interactive content a snap, with accessibility built in or clearly prompted. This means that content creators do not have to be accessibility experts to develop content that can be used by any student, including students with disabilities and students who use assistive technology. CourseArc allows the easy creation of WCAG 2.1 AA and Section 508 compliant content and assessments. We are committed to providing a tool that develops fully accessible content that passes JAWs and other rigorous accessibility testing.