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Kennesaw State University

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In an on-going commitment to web-content accessibility for all Kennesaw State University students, Dr. Elke Leeds and Dr. Jim Cope from KSU's Distance Learning Center (DLC) presented on "Accessibility and Technology-Enhanced Learning" to the Coles College of Business faculty. The presentation was a part of Coles' ongoing "Brown Bag" series lectures coordinated by Dr. Radwan Ali.

In their presentation, Dr. Leeds and Dr. Cope outlined faculty's responsibilities for providing accessible Web-based content for all students in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. They also shared KSU's ongoing efforts to provide accessibility for web content, and focused on specific things faculty members can do to meet the needs of all students.

KSU's DLC provides leadership in helping faculty meet students' accessibility needs in all online courses. This support includes a new DLC website that provides information on DLC services to faculty and students. One important service is the captioning of faculty video and audio files so that faculty can use a wide variety of media to engage all of their students. The DLC also employees five instructional designers who help faculty produce high quality, accessible course materials. This design support is embedded in KSU's online course review process, but the designers also help faculty members review existing courses to ensure 100% accessibility compliance.

KSU is committed to web-content accessibility for all KSU students. Drs. Leeds' and Cope's presentation underscored the strides KSU is making in meeting the needs of web learners and previewed exciting changes that are coming.

  • Dr. Elke Leeds, Assistant Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning & Executive Director of the Distance Learning Center
  • Dr. Jim Cope, Associate Director of the Distance Learning Center and Professor of English and English Education.

Georgia Gwinnett College

WAG members Rycca Blanton, Vala Clark, Valarie Reeves, David Robinson and Linda Gilbert at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) have been working to raise awareness about web accessibility and Section 508 compliance.

In January 2013 Rycca Blanton and Vala Clark organized a campus-wide panel discussion that lasted from 10:00am-4:00pm. The day began with a presentation for GGC about Section 508: overview, policies, issues in higher education, implementation strategies and techniques. In the afternoon, GGC personnel focused on web accessibility as it pertains to specific areas of implementation, such as: Educational Technology, Public Affairs, Academics, Student Affairs, and Disability Services.

As a result of this all-day panel discussion, GGC designed a new Web Accessibility Resources page for faculty and staff, which was revealed in conjunction with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 9, 2013. GAAD announcements were placed on both the GGC public website and the internal portal. The portal directed GGC personnel to the newly created Web Accessibility Resources page to obtain information about: GGC’s Commitment to Web Accessibility, USG Policies and Accessibility Tutorial, Web Accessibility Checklists and Checkers, Desire2Learn Accessibility, and instructions for Making Your Files Accessible (Word, PDF, PowerPoint, HTML, Excel and Videos/Multimedia).

Special thanks to GGC for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness about web accessibility and helping to make web-based content more accessible for all audiences.