Building an Accessibility Toolbox: Working with Faculty to Ensure Accessible Online Courses
Abstract: Higher education faculty are often not trained on the importance of accessibility in their teaching. With the recent explosion of online education, this disconnect between the importance of accessibility and faculty knowledge of accessibility practices and willingness to make their course content accessible is becoming even more evident. This roundtable will discuss some of the challenges that are faced when working with faculty to create accessible online courses. We will discuss how we work with faculty from our roles in instructional design and accessibility to bridge the gap between knowledge of accessibility needs and requirements, compliance expectations, and buy-in to the importance of accessibility. Throughout the roundtable, we will share some of the practices that work for us, challenges that we face, and have an open dialog so that participants can learn from each other as well.