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IDEA Shop Offers Free Accessibility Training

By: Brady W Moore   Published 2:15 pm / February 10, 2017

Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) invites faculty and staff to attend screenings of two webinars about electronic accessibility in education. Produced by 3Play Media in conjunction with Blackboard and Texas Tech University, the webinars will be screened from noon-1 p.m., February 16 and 23 in Riverfront Hall, room 301. The webinars are free but seating is limited, so please register in advance through the event calendar on the Center for Teaching and Learning site.

Accessibility at Blackboard

Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 16, Riverfront Hall 301

Blackboard is committed not only to delivering accessible products, but also to providing accessibility consulting. Understanding that a digital accessibility program encompasses so much more than their products, Blackboard works with schools to develop comprehensive eLearning accessibility plans.

In this webinar, you’ll learn more about Blackboard’s accessibility initiatives and core beliefs. This session will cover the following topics:

  • Blackboard’s accessibility mission statement and core beliefs
  • How Blackboard makes their products accessible
  • How Blackboard works with schools to plan for accessibility
  • How Blackboard developed their rubric for accessibility
  • Common challenges of making eLearning programs accessible
  • Using Blackboard Ally to get insight into how accessible your courses are
  • The future of accessibility at Blackboard

Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Video

Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 23, Riverfront Hall 301

Instructional videos are a common and useful way to dispense knowledge to university students, online course-takers and learners of all kinds. However, many elements of traditional lecture capture result in videos that are inaccessible to some students with disabilities.

This webinar will outline a step-by-step process which will help ensure both effective recording techniques and accessibility for students. Main themes of the presentation will surround planning and technical basics like longevity, lighting, audio and the need for practice.

Simple ways to include accessibility features like video captions, transcript and audio description will also be covered. Finally, participants will be instructed on ways to effectively share instructional videos, using free sites and with examples.

This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Recording objectives
  • Proper equipment to use
  • Planning and technical basics
  • Easily adding captions and transcripts
  • Audio description
  • Universal design for learning (UDL)
  • Free resources for effectively sharing your videos
  • Examples of accessible instructional videos at Texas Tech

Please direct any questions about the webinars to Kevin Wilson, instructional design consultant, IDEA Shop,