Upcoming accessibility-related learning opportunities
We’re compiling our team’s favorite sources for accessibility news and professional development opportunities to add to the collection of Accessibility Resources on our website. Let us know if there are organizations, listservs, social media accounts, etc. you find particularly useful, and we’ll add them to the list.
Here are some upcoming accessibility-related learning opportunities:
- Technology Accessibility workshops and webinars – The Fall 2019 schedule includes offerings on basic web accessibility evaluation techniques; Accessibility Management Platform (AMP); PDFs (creating accessible PDFs, PDF remediation basics, and PDF forms); Microsoft Office; Designing for Accessibility (our “Intro to Accessibility” session); and How People with Disabilities Access Digital Content, which includes demonstrations of assistive technology such as screen readers and magnifiers, alternate input devices, and the accessibility features built into the Mac and Windows operating systems. View session dates and descriptions and register via UA LMS, the new online learning system for faculty and staff: UA LMS Instructor-Led Training: Accessibility.
- Free Coursera MOOC: Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education – This course provides instruction and strategies to support you in developing a course that is inclusive to students with a wide range of abilities, including students with disabilities. We cover effective practices to increase inclusion and avoid some of the common accessibility issues that can arise in an online course. In particular, Basics of Inclusive Design Online covers course organization, the accessibility of Microsoft Office and PDF documents, making course instruction pages accessible, captioning of videos, making images accessible, and designing for learning differences. We also discuss how inclusive course materials can help all students, including students without disabilities. This course will appeal to those who want both a broad overview of the range of accessibility considerations and also a step-by-step guide of how to check documents for accessibility, caption a video, or prepare course content for non-visual users. Starts September 3.
- Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) – The Center for Instructional Technology’s Technology Accessibility team is happy to host Inclusive Design 24 (#id24), a free online global event that “celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between.” id24 will be streamed live in A236 Gordon Palmer Hall, Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central. Drop by for a session or stay for the entire event, and feel free to bring your lunch (and your friends!). Registration is not required.
- UDL in Higher Education Digicon (#UDLHE) – The Center for Instructional Technology’s Technology Accessibility team is happy to host the inaugural UDL in Higher Education Digital Conference (UDLHE), and you’re invited! UDLHE Digicon 2019 will be streamed live in A232 Gordon Palmer Hall, Friday, October 18, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central. Drop by for a session or stay for the entire event, and feel free to bring your lunch (and your friends!). Registration is not required.
As always, thanks for your efforts in making UA a more inclusive and accessible campus! Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.