How many of us have had a student ask, “Where is [blank]?” While sometimes, this may be a simple oversight, it may also denote a navigation problem. In looking at accessibility, course organization is essential and can significantly impact a student’s ability to navigate the course with ease.
Here are four things to keep in mind if you are thinking about adopting a new textbook:
Headings are a critical, but often overlooked, aspect of creating accessible content in Blackboard. Headers “provide screen reader users the ability to jump directly to specific content,” which allows them to navigate through content at their own pace.
Wichita State’s Counseling and Testing Center is now offering some of their most popular Words for Wellness sessions online!
You may have noticed the increased focus on the word “accessibility” in the last year. Wichita State, like most other universities, is seeing a shift toward the concepts of accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL) as we enrich our idea of “accommodation” and move from being primarily reactive to proactive in course design.
About a month ago, I wrote a blog about accessibility. The focus being on the idea that accessibility is Not Just Tech. When talking about accessibility, I am not just describing the ability to retrieve information or resources, but the ability to use and understand those resources and materials. Accessibility is about more than just technical solutions to inaccessible information. It’s about ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to be successful.
YouTube is both a blessing and a curse for online learning. YouTube hosts thousands and thousands of great educational videos aimed for higher ed learning, and their topics range from introductory algebra to advanced business management. Any instructor could find supplementary material for their students via YouTube. Unfortunately, most of these videos do not meet federal accessibility standards.
What IDT would like to do is give you some important things to consider as you make your decision about whether to stick with a text you have been using or switch to a new one. We are big fans of Open Educational Resources (OERs), for one thing, but whether you’re considering an open resource or a traditional publisher textbook, it will be come more and more important to ensure that the text you choose is available in an accessible format for students with disabilities.
During the next few weeks professors of fully online courses will continue to receive letters outlining recommendations from the Spring, 2016 online course audit. We have had some questions about the audit process, so I thought it was a good idea to outline exactly what happens when your course is audited using the Friendly Audit process.