Assessing the Accessibility of Web 2.0 Tools

Workshop Session 1
Blended HBCU IDEA - Inclusion Diversity Equity Advocacy

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Brief Abstract

 This hands on session will discuss and illustrate what to look for when you are evaluating Web 2.0 Tools.  Participants will get concrete examples of what to look for as well as scoring template they can use for evaluation. Please bring an Internet Enabled Device to fully participate.

Presenters

Wendy Torres has been teaching for over 18 years and has a BA in Special Education and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. She is currently the Senior Instructional Technologist for Coppin State University, where she also serves as an Adjunct Instructor. She has given numerous professional workshops for Roland Park Country School as well as the St. Francis of Assisi School, the Digital Harbor School, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland. In 2014, she was selected to appear in The Latino American Who's Who(Volume IV). This edition will appear in The Library of Congress in Washington D.C., corporate and academic libraries nationally.

Extended Abstract

People with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the world ( 20% of the population approximately 1 billion people). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015 about "11 percent of the Higher Education students in the United States have some kind of disability. " In addition, the center found that out of that 11% of the population, 60% to 80% of disabled students in Higher Education never disclose their disabilities to their professors/administrators. Ensuring that the materials we use to interact and engage with our students are accessible to all, is important for all Faculty members. What do you look for?

 During this workshop, participants will go through an interactive presentation on their personal devices. This interactive presentation will explain what participants should look for when they are considering using a Web based instructional tool to engage their students.  Upon completion of the presentation, participants will then use the Web 2.0 Tool Score card to assess the accessibility of a web 2.0 tool of their choosing. Presenter will assist all participants in this assessment.  Participants will also receive physical and digital copies of the score card so they can use it and share it with their colleagues.

Participants will be able to identify six elements to look for when assessing Web 2.0 tools for accessibility.

Participants will be able to understand how to use the Web 2.0 scorecard.

Participants will be able to identify the potential and limitations of the Web 2.0 tools assessed.