Accessibility in the New Normal of Online/Remote Course Delivery

- Webcast Slides.

With the swift conversion of face to face courses to online and remote format to complete the Spring 2020 terms, some support services to students were missed or incomplete to deliver course content. As institutions prepare alternatives for Fall term, the bar will be raised to deliver accessible courses. The Department of Education provided guidance that the expectation is that the institution will meet legal requirements to ensure that there is no discrimination against those with disabilities.

Institutions developing course content for new terms must consider website accessibility for the online materials. This session will discuss the priorities of planning, faculty training, and the consideration that development of digital materials with accessibility in mind will be easier than a later retrofit of the materials.

Please join us as we engage in discussion about accessibility for course content.

“Accessibility in the New Normal of Online/Remote Course Delivery” was on June 11 at 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT/ 1:00 PM CDT/ 2:00 PM EDT. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.

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Brenda BoydBrenda Boyd, Senior Academic Director: Program Services; Quality Matters
Brenda Boyd is a passionate advocate and ally of people with disabilities and believes quality online environments are inclusive of diverse learners. She also has a keen interest in quality in online and blended learning, the transformational power of professional development, and access and equity for all through online learning opportunities. Her background includes more than 20 years of experience supporting faculty and institutions to move to quality online teaching and learning. Boyd is a WCET Steering Committee member and can be found on Twitter: @QMBrenda.

John JonesJohn Jones, Director, Media Resources Center; Wichita State University
John Jones has held a wide variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. He has been a web developer, corporate trainer, adjunct lecturer, editor, instructional designer, educational technologist, and now is the director of the Media Resources Center at Wichita State University. Jones has been an active leader in writing policy, creating training, and coordinating efforts across units to meet the standards set in WSU’s agreement with the National Federation of the Blind. He has been the chair of the WSU Faculty Senate Accessibility Committee, regularly consults on efforts to make accommodations for students with high impact needs, and builds systems that ensure that those needs are met reliably. 

Cyndi RowlandCyndi Rowland, Executive Director; WebAIM; National Center on Disability and Access to Education; Utah State University
Cyndi Rowland is the founder and director of WebAIM and the National Center on Disability and Access to Education at Utah State University. Since 1999 she has focused on research, tool and resource development, training, and policy initiatives for web accessibility. WebAIM and NCDAE are viewed as important resources. Both groups have a rich history of research and product development to benefit the broader community and inclusive web. Rowland engages in her accessibility work at top tier national and international levels. Examples include sitting on U.S. Section 508 refresh committee and working on initiatives out of UN organizations.


Cheryl DowdCheryl Dowd, Director, State Authorization Network; WCET
Cheryl Dowd is the director for the State Authorization Network. Dowd worked at Sinclair Community College from 2012 – 2015 managing state authorization complexities as they related to Sinclair’s out of state activities as well as working on one of the student completion initiatives, Connect 4 Completion. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond in Virginia, master’s degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University in Virginia.