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Learn Web Accessibility with Instructor-Led Online Courses

The words Information Technology Systems & Services E Classes
September 28, 2019

Accessibility eClasses start October 7.

Education is the cornerstone of born-accessible web sites. In contrast lack of awareness and lack of skills or knowledge of web accessibility are responsible for a great majority of web site accessibility issues identified in a web accessibility audit conducted by the UMD Accessibility Task Force.

To aid the campus in becoming aware of and integrating accessibility, ITSS is offering the following 4 web accessibility eClasses this semester.

Web Accessibility 101: Introduction

This eClass will answer questions such as:

  • "What does web accessibility really mean?"
  • "What all does that term encompass?"
  • "Why is it that some people are unable to use certain web sites - and whose job is it to provide access?"

In addition this class features the popular "disable your browser" exercise. The accessibility introduction class will be held October 7 to 11, 2019.

Web Accessibility 102: Tools

In this eClass we will start exploring how to solve access problems on web sites, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and do some work! We'll discuss some tools and use the WAVE to spot barriers that prevent people from fully using our web sites. The web accessibility tools class will be held October 14 to 25, 2019.

Web Accessibility 103: Structure

In this eClass you will learn how following web standards, especially in terms of creating structured markup using headings makes a document more accessible and inclusive. The web accessibility structure class will be held October 28 to November 8, 2019.

Web Accessibility 104: Images

By examining the most basic of techniques - making images accessible - you will explore methods that enable inclusiveness. In this eClass we discuss the what, when, why, and how of both short and long textual alternatives. The web accessibility images class will be held November 11 to 22, 2019.

Further Information

Participants who desire evidence of successful completion of our eClasses may apply for a certificate of completion that will be mailed at the end of the term. Application can be submitted after you successfully complete the class.

Our eClasses utilize Canvas and have no set meeting time, although courses do have definite start and end dates. This allows participants to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet it still provides logically organized communication between class participants. It is a convenient way to expand your knowledge and skills.

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