Accessibility Week events plus the Accessibility Tip for Wed., April 27

This week we are celebrating Online Accessibility Action Week at Shoreline. The Faculty Learning Community on Accessible Online Course Content – has put together daily tips for you!

Today’s tip is: Creating Accessible Word Documents
According to the Office of Special Services here at SCC, one of the greatest needs for students with disabilities is that instructional documents be free from accessibility barriers. This would include syllabi as well as other course materials. Happily, Microsoft Word has the ability to quickly check documents for issues that people with disabilities might experience. Portland Community College has pulled together a nice resource that includes checking for accessibility issues in both MS Word and PowerPoint files.

If you want to learn more, join us for our Accessibility Training Sessions on campus this week! Today is our in depth look at 5 steps to creating accessible syllabi and other documents. See details about that event, and the other events this week, below:

5 Steps to Accessible Syllabi
Wednesday, April 27, 1:30-3:00pm Room 4214
Quickly learn the 5 steps that make documents accessible!  We’ll be at computers so please bring a syllabus or other document that you’d like to improve.

Thursday, April 28, 1:30-3:00pm Room 4214
What does UDOIT mean?! It is finally easy for anyone to check their Canvas classroom for accessibility. UDOIT is a great new tool that is inside Canvas – a few clicks and it has checked your full course for Accessibility.  It also provides information on how to fix the issues!  Our FLC has also put together a handy checklist if you want to check your course that way.  FLC Members will be present to show you how to use the tools and to help you quickly make improvements.

“Digital Accessibility in Higher Ed: Risk Assessment, Responsibility and Benefits” with Dr. Janet Sedgley, University of Montana
Friday, April 29 11:30-12:30pm, PUB
It feels like a new buzz phrase – digital accessibility.  Those steeped in it, throw the term around daily.  Most others don’t find the term very accessible (aka approachable).  More individuals are starting to understand a little about how to create accessible Word documents and that web images require alt tags.  We have added more steps to our work processes. Why?

Let’s take a step back and get a general view of what’s happening with higher education and digital accessibility.  Is it truly an issue that needs our attention, how involved are each of us and what is higher education’s return on investment as far as digital accessibility.

This presentation is part of the T&L Conference but you are welcome to attend this session even if not registered for the full conference.  Please RSVP here so we have enough seats set up for you.

If you cannot attend an on campus training, please reach out to eLearning Services and we can set up individual sessions as needed.

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