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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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LS1005 Aiming for Accessibility: Targeting Online Course Design

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, March 18

Instructional Design

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As learning solutions reach increasingly diverse audiences, it is not only appropriate to ensure that courses are accessible, but it’s also the law. Remaining in compliance helps you and/or your organization avoid costly legal issues. Avoid being forced to return to old content to fix current and potential issues. Start with the end in mind, and learn to build online courses and presentations right from the start.

In this session, you will learn how to make online courses accessible for all learners using ADA, Section 508, and the principles of universal design for learning. You will see the advantages provided by using a general checklist for ADA and Section 508 compliance to make online learning an accessible environment for all students. Good design using universal design principles helps learning retention, but most importantly it provides education for as many learners as possible.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To design online courses for accessibility
  • To implement accessibility in online presentations
  • To create accessibility in your online course content
  • To apply the principles of universal design for learning in online course development

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Canvas LMS, screen recording software, and presentation software.

Chad Garcia

Instructional Design Project Manager

University of South Florida

Chad Garcia, an instructional design project manager for the University of South Florida, earned a master’s degree in education, secondary education, with a focus on instructional technology in 2013. He has been involved in secondary education since 2007. Chad was recognized as the Beginning Teacher of the Year for the state of Florida in 2009.

Syleste Hoskins

Instructional Multimedia Designer

University of South Florida

Syleste Hoskins, an instructional multimedia designer for the University of South Florida, has been in the field of education since 2009. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree in online learning from the Illinois Online Network. She is also Quality Matters certified. She received a Spot Award from the University of North Florida for creating a beginner teaching online course.

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