Congratulations on receiving your first college teaching assignment. The transition you are about to make from student to professor will be exciting, challenging, and scary. You are up to the task. If you are like most graduate students and new professors, it’s likely you have received little instruction on how to teach a college class. This
Having functional web links in a class is critical for student success. You also need to take the extra step of making your links self-describing in order to make the accessible. This video will show you how. Related posts: How to Upload Content to Blackboard Using Blackboard to Create Space for Collaborative Learning How to
Accessibility conversations can get a little scary. We could talk about Harvard and MIT finding themselves in court over free online classes, (and here). I could tell you about Miami University and Penn State, or you could have a look at these recent settlements and pick your own. There are serious things we must consider regarding serving students with disabilities. But right now, I think the best thing to do is to talk about Santa.
Continuing our look at accessibility challenges, we look at inaccessible external websites, strict time constraints on exams, unclear or non-descriptive course content, and course content without proper headings and styles for navigation.
In part 1 of our look at accessibility challenges, we examine unclear navigation or inconsistent course designs, audio content without a transcript or text alternative, unclear or not meaningful links, images with no alternative text, colors used for instructional purposes, and videos without captioning.
Since accessibility continues to be at the forefront of conversations in education, it is important to discuss accessibility challenges that are encountered. One such challenge is found in the lack of alt tags for images in PowerPoints and PDFs. When assistive technology is used, images without alt tags are difficult to decipher and any educational value can be lost. This leaves the individual with an unequal opportunity for learning.
The OLC Accelerate conference is coming up November 16th through 18th and they will be streaming sessions through each day on various fascinating topics and issues. Having gone to the conference in Orlando last year, I am excited to see what new discussions will be held. Looking through the schedule of sessions, it was difficult to decide which ones to attend, but here are some that made my list for this year.
Carolyn Speer and John Jones are in lovely downtown Minneapolis at the WCET conference. Listen in as they talk about their experience in the first two days, regulatory issues, the “word of the day” (spoiler alert, it’s “iteration”), and also share what keeps them up at night.
Day two of our WCET conference, and I’m struck by the increasing distance between what is going on at the institution level and what vendors and speakers are able to offer and talk about.