Reflect on your learning and practice regarding Accessibility. How accessible are your current instructional materials? Are there elements of your instructional materials that could be revised to make them more accessible? Please share any resources you know or use to make your curriculum and course accessible.
It seems that there are two places where most of the training I do takes place…as a Tech in my current fulltime job, and with our local Community Education. Most of the training as a tech is JIT (Just In Time) training so little to no preparation or resources included. Just whatever is on hand at the time…So the answer to my question will focus on the other instance, classes I teach with Community Education.
The classes I teach for Community Education are mostly one-to-one or one-to-two people, but now and then I have classes in a group setting. I use most of the same materials for both classes, but there are a few differences. With the group classes, I used more videos and Powerpoint presentations, and with the 1:1’s I use more individualized Word docs or PDF’s. Overall, I realize I have not done enough in regards to making sure all materials are accessible. This is terrible! However, it is not as if I am not doing ANYTHING…Since many of the participants are elderly, I know I automatically consider pace, using larger fonts on the computers, and other tools, but I need to do more. Doing so would not only increase the level of enjoyment and learning for current students, but also might encourage others to take a class or two.
Here are a few things I would like to do:
- Talk with the director about resources available such as screen readers etc.
- As I develop online materials, incorporate transcripts to videos, alt tags to images, etc.
- At the end of most classes, I give a list of tools, websites, video, and books each participant can use for review and/or further information and study-I plan to make sure that those resources are accessible.
- Revitalize my interest in Universal Design. There are a lot of actions that can be taken right from the start of a project to make it accessible to individual with and without disabilities.
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