WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
Inclusive, Accessible, and Quality Content- Shared Perspectives

Speaker: , Acting Director, Office of Disability Services, Northern Virginia Community College
Speaker: , VP, Product Strategy, VitalSource
Speaker: , Instructional Designer & Accessibility Liaison, Northern Virginia Community College
Speaker: , Director - Customer Relations, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard, Inc.
Moderator: , Associated Dean and Director, University of Wyoming Outreach School

Accessibility is about providing all students, online or on-ground, with equal opportunity to learn. For online and technology-enhanced higher education, extra steps must be taken to ensure that course materials, social media, and other interactive tools have been designed in a manner that allows all students to utilize them. During this session attendees will learn strategies from three organizational perspectives about ensuring materials are accessible. Northern Virginia Community College will explain the process they have developed so that materials meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing and those with print disabilities (blindness, low vision, and dyslexia). The process heightens the awareness of those working with students and colleagues who might need accommodations. Blackboard had worked closely with Gallaudet University to design courses for inclusivity by applying Universal Design principles which improves overall course quality. They will discuss various standards and design considerations that layout a framework for evaluating and developing eLearning courses. Lastly, learn what the eTextbook industry is doing to help bring practical solutions to ensure equitable access to quality, affordable learning materials to students of all ability levels. VitalSource will share their approach to providing transparency in delivering accessible content to students.