We would never want to alienate even one student by including content in our courses that they cannot access. In our effort to keep students connected to our courses, our colleges, and each other, it is up to us as educators, as well as our institutions, to make sure this does not happen. Instructors are increasingly understanding of the need for accessible course materials, but going about making our online content accessible to everyone can seem like a daunting task–but it is a task we can accomplish to help all of our students succeed!
In this session, you will learn some helpful tips on how to make your online courses accessible–and thus more inclusive–to all students! We will discuss practical solutions for remediating course content and also demonstrate a tool called Blackboard Ally (Ally). One way Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusivity is by purchasing Ally and making this tool available to all Canvas users in our District. While no one tool is perfect for making our online courses accessible, we will demonstrate how Ally has become a staunch ally in our Local OEI Course Review process and in helping to ensure alignment with Section D of the OEI Course Design Rubric.
• Gain a better understanding of how to make course content accessible.
• Identify tools available for checking the accessibility of course content and documents.
• Implement strategies for remediation of online course content for an inclusive environment.