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Resources from Pitt's "Creating Accessible Courses for Remote Learning" Webinar

Attached are two infographics with some basic information about digital accessibility and course design for remote learning. These were provided for the workshop, "Creating Accessible Courses for Remote Learning" offered by the University of Pittsburgh. 

Suggestions from Angie Bedford-Jack on Digital Accessibility:

  • Start simple by using built-in heading structures, adding alt-text to images, and ensuring that hyperlinks make sense out of context.
  • Use built-in accessibility checkers in Microsoft Word and Canvas. 
  • Share Zoom keyboard short-cuts with others

Suggestions from Dr. Tinukwa Boulder on Cognitive Accessibility:

  • In your Learning Management System, keep navigation as simple as possible, avoiding redundancy and hiding components you are not using. 
  • Aim for clarity in design and content. 
  • Remember challenges posed by synchronous instruction: 
    • The inability to pause, rewind, review
    • People are often afraid to interrupt to ask questions/clarify in ways that they would in person
    • Delay in providing accommodations to students with disabilities
    • Equity-based issues 

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Desmos Graphing Calculator

Desmos produces tools that make math accessible. Their graphing calculator is compatible with screen readers, and includes audible representations of graphs. 

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Accessibility Toolkit

The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.

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Designing Accessible OERs with POUR

Links to a Google slide presentation by CAST representatives on designing accessible Open Educational Resources. 

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DO-IT Center Resources

Several links to guides and lists of resources for accessible teaching from the DO-IT Center out of the University of Washington.

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Best Practices on Visuals/Referencing

Suggestions for using visuals and references based in the principles of universal design. Practices are provided and hosted by DeafTEC.

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A Guide to Dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint

A PDF with guidelines for creating dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint presentations from York St John University

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NVDA Screen Reader

NVDA is an open source software screen reader. Their site has information about its development, help guides, and a free download. 

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