WCET 2017 Annual Meeting
This is the resources page for the presentation “After the Lawyers Leave: How Wichita State is Growing a Culture of Access,” presented on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Download the original PowerPoint slides. See edsurge.com’s coverage.
John Jones: John is the Director of the Media Resources Center (MRC) at WSU. The MRC includes Instructional Design and Access, Campus Media Services, WSU TV/Video Services, and MRC Web Services. The MRC and its teams promote and student centered instruction and accessibility campus-wide. John can be reached in the following ways:
Carolyn Speer: Carolyn is the Manager of Instructional Design and Access (IDA) at WSU. IDA works with online, face-to-face, and hybrid instructors and courses to ensure that WSU students receive high-quality and accessible learning opportunities. She can be reached in the following ways:
Wichita State has developed many accessibility resources, and all of them are offered under an “attribution, noncommercial, share alike” license. Please contact us if you need something you don’t see here, and we will send you what we have. Most of the resources listed here are specific to WSU, but they will be useful to other institutions in many ways. These resources are presented in PDF, but .docx copies are available upon request.
- Accessibility training outcomes and objectives for Wichita State. These outcomes and objectives are linked to WSU’s agreement with the National Federation of the Blind. This list should be very useful to schools attempting to create a complete accessibility training program for instructional staff.
- Guidelines for Face-to-Face Instruction. While guidelines for digital accessibility are pretty clear, there is much less regulation surrounding face-to-face instruction. Wichita State addresses these guidelines at two levels: “recommendations” and “expectations.” Recommendations describe a very high level of accessibility whereas expectations help to get people started creating an accessible face-to-face classroom.
- Technology Audit Rubric (multi-page google form). WSU conducted an audit of all EIT (Electronic and Information Technology) on campus as an element of the university’s response to the agreement. This is a link to the audit questions/criteria that were used, which were based on a mix of WCAG and ADA standards
- Educational Accessibility Technologist: We are providing this position description as a word document for easy of adaptation and editing.
- Adaptive Technology Specialist: We are providing this position description as a word document for easy of adaptation and editing.
- Online (Blackboard) Accessibility class. We created an in-depth Foundations of Accessibility course for Wichita State instructional staff and others. We are happy to share this content with any university. NOTE: This content has yet to be reviewed by the National Federation of the Blind. The file provided is a .zip file of a full Blackboard class. We ask that if any school takes this file and translates it into another LMS (Canvas, Brightspace, etc), that once the course is cleaned back up they reach out and provide us with the .zip file of the translated course. We would like to be able to make it available in other LMS formats but don’t have access to other LMS environments at this time. The original material in this course, the course itself, and the instructional design of this course may be used without additional permission under an attribution-noncommercial-sharealike license
Wichita State Accessibility Policies
Writing accessibility policies can be challenging. WSU has three policies that touch on accessibility. These could provide other institutions with a good model:
- Discrimination Review Procedures for Students, Employees, and Visitors (Policy 3.47)
- Students With Disabilities (Policy 8.10)
- Accessible Content (Policy 8.11)
Wichita State Accessibility Training
WSU has two accessibility training courses, one for all WSU employees, and one for all instructional staff. The first course, Ability Ally, is offered face-to-face through Human Resources and online through Instructional Design and Access in partnership with Human Resources. The second course, Introduction to Universal Design for Learning, is offered online only and was designed and built and will be facilitated by Instructional Design and Access. Content for both courses came from various offices across campus and from outside agencies and offices. Here is a brief screencast walkthrough of the Intro to UDL course. You can find a download link of the .zip file for this course in the “Resources” area above. Note, all WSU-created content in this course, including the Blackboard .zip file of the course itself, is available under an attribution-noncommercial-sharealike CC license:
The Instructional Design and Access office has created a number of presentations covering a wide variety of topics. NOTE: These presentations require Flash and are not accessible on their own. The voiceover narrative is sufficient to fully follow the presentations, but if you prefer to use a screenreader with PowerPoint presentations, the original files with full slide notes are included in links below each presentation.