Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Make Your Google Slides More Accessible

I've gotten interested in Google Slides recently.  Slides are always a bit tricky when trying to ensure they are accessible.   There's an add-on for Google Slides, Grackle Slides.

Grackle Slides shows the content items of slides and checks text attributes to help find accessibility issues.

One concern though, it has a warning that it has permission to do a lot (delete files, edit them, etc) with files in Drive.  If there's sensitive information in Drive, this add-on may not be for you.

Watch for more information about Google Slides.

Monday, October 29, 2018

USDLA Webinar Nov 8: Issues in Access and Accessibility for All in Digital Learning

Trish Trifio  (Wayland Baptist U, and TxDLA) and I will be doing this session as part of USDLA's recognition of National Distance Learning Week.  Thursday, November 8 3:30-4:30 Eastern
Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has made explicit the actions academic institutions should be engaged in to ensure that all students have full access to learning.
This session will provide a brief overview of the topics presented in TxDLA’s Digital Accessibility Certification Program which positions participants to be on the leading edge of these concerns by providing them with an understanding of current legal enforcement actions, resolution agreements, consent decrees and Universal Design for Learning, while equipping them with practical skills in making digital content accessible.
The webinar is free.  Register here.

We intend this to be a very interactive session and will start by asking participants why they are in the session and what they want to take from it.

The full schedule can be found here.