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Self-Guided Learning

Understanding Accessibility

What is Accessibility?

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Derek Featherstone introduces the concept of accessibility in web design (3m 7s). 

What is Accessibility?

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius introduces the concept of accessibility for PDFs (3m 3s).

OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility

YouTube Video: The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) presents this short webinar on online education and website accessibility (7m 8s).

Accessibility Standards

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius explains the difference between baseline requirements and improving user experience (3m 30s).

People are people

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Derek Featherstone discusses user experience from the perspective of individuals with disabilities (4m 46s).

Color Contrast

Contrast between elements

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius demonstrates how to use a color contrast application (4m 31s).

The use of color

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Derek Featherstone discusses how the use of color impacts accessibility (5m 48s).

Color Contrast

LinkedIn Learning Video: Derek Featherstone demonstrates contract checker tools (2m 45s).

Alternative Text/Image Descriptions

Add alternative text

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius demonstrates how to add alternative text in source (Microsoft Word) documents for PDFs. This skill is transferable to images in Microsoft PowerPoint (3m).

Add Alternative Description for Image Files

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Add a rich description to images and graphs to improve comprehension.

Add Alt Descriptions to Power Point Images

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Images in presentation documents need alternative descriptions.

PDF Accessibility: Tags, Headings, & Other Common Issues

PDF accessibility requirements

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius explains why tags are fundamental to PDF accessibility and how to run the Acrobat Accessibility Checker (5m 50s).

Specifying order

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius demonstrates the importance of specifying order (7m 2s).

Tag content with the Reading Order tool

LinkedIn Learning Video: Accessibility expert Chad Chelius demonstrates how to tag content in PDFs with the reading order tool (11m 27s).

This learning sequence also includes instructions for tagging lists (9m 40s) and tables (6m 24s).

Add Headings to a Word Document

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Headings make navigating documents easier for all.

Add Headers to your Data Tables in Word

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Headers make navigating tables easier.

Navigating Red Indicators in Blackboard Ally

View All File Accessibility Issues

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Choose which issues to address first with “All Issues” tab.

Scanned PDFs: An enemy to accessibility

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Scanning pages from old text books results in inaccessible documents.

Remove Potentially Harmful Content

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Digital media can trigger unexpected responses from students.

Add a Library Reference

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: When all else fails, add bibliographic info to help students.

Add Alternative Description for Image Files

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Add a rich description to images and graphs to improve comprehension.

Add Alt Descriptions to Power Point Images

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Images in presentation documents need alternative descriptions.

Add Headings to a Word Document

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Headings make navigating documents easier for all.

Add Headers to your Data Tables in Word

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Headers make navigating tables easier.

Export a Word Doc as a Tagged PDF

Blackboard Ally Micro-Learning Document: Ensure that your Word Doc stays accessible when converting to PDF.