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Creating Accessible Course Content (S18E01)

with TBD
Mon, 01/22/2018 (All day) - Fri, 02/16/2018 (All day) (Pacific Time)


Course Description

Creating Accessible Online Courses provides an overview of accessibility within online courses, focusing on the skills you will need to make your course both technically accessible and usable to a broad range of students. The course covers how to use online tools, including your course management system (CMS), to create accessible resources, to retrofit existing resources, and to curate new resources. The focal point of the course is learning how to use editors (both in your CMS and in common software, such as Microsoft Word) to enhance accessibility. In addition to creating an overarching accessibility plan for your course, you’ll learn how to:
  • Create accessible content pages, discussions, and assignments in your CMS;
  • Create accessible documents, such as Word and PDFs;
  • Create closed-captions for video.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following: 

• Define accessibility and explain the pertinent Federal, State, and District requirements
• Explain the purpose of creating accessible content
• Identify barriers to access
• Explain the assistive technology/design techniques needed to overcome barriers
• List campus resources available to assist you and your students with accessibility issues
• Create accessible content within your CMS
• Create accessible documents using Word, Google docs, PowerPoint, and/or PDF
• Caption video
• Check curated resources for accessibility using online tools
• Develop a comprehensive plan for creating an accessible online course


Time Commitment & Recommended Skills

This class will take approx. 10 hours during each of the 4 weeks; for a total of 40 hours. Your time commitment will vary based upon your own level of experience with web technologies. Although this class is designed for novice users you should have the following:
• Basic computer skills (word processing, e-mail, file management)
• Basic Internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
• Familiarity with discussion boards
• An open mind and willingness to try new things
If you require any special accommodations for this class, please contact the facilitator as soon as possible to ensure a quality learning experience.


Technical Requirements

• Fairly recent Mac or PC (not more than three years old) with a current operating system.
• Current browser (Firefox, or Chrome are preferable)
• Internet connection, preferably broadband (DSL speeds) -- for viewing online videos


Ground Rules & Tips for Success

Each of our four weeks officially begins each Monday. You will regularly have assignments to turn in throughout the week. However, weekly content will be made available early to give you some extra time. Pay close attention to your due dates at the start of each content week and mark them somewhere on your own calendar so you don’t lose track of them. If this is your first online learning experience with Canvas, expect to invest extra time to orient yourself to the course design and tools.
• Block out time in your schedule to do the work.
• Consider yourself a member of a community.
• Treat contributions made by other members of the class with respect.
• Contribute regularly to group dialogue, including discussion posts. 
• Check in on class discussions regularly, if not daily.
• Have patience and a sense of humor with technology.
• Keep an open mind.
• Ask for help when you need it, and assist others when possible.
• Read this guide, and any other course material, carefully and ask for clarification when needed

Course Archive

The course will be archived 30 days from the last day of class. Please make sure you download and save any information or assignments you want to maintain prior to the archive date.


California Public Educational Institution $65
Private or non-California Educational Institution$130

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