A Little Means a Lot: Simple Ways to Improve Online Course Accessibility

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CONFERENCE: Kentucky Convergence Conference

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Perkins, Jennifer
Cataloging and Metadata; Information Literacy; Library and Information Science; Scholarly Communication
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Instructors, course designers, media specialists, and others in higher education repeatedly hear terms like accessibility, universal design, Section 508, and ADA. Unfortunately, they may not receive necessary training on these issues until an urgent need arises, leading to undue stress and frustration for everyone involved. In online courses, where most content is provided via HTML, video, and downloadable documents, content creators may be especially unfamiliar with making the information accessible to their full student audience. In this session, the presenter shares simple techniques that enhance online course accessibility. The techniques are easy to implement and require little or no background knowledge in coding (though attendees are preferably familiar with at least rudimentary HTML).