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  • Digital Accessibility Foundations
  • Fee: $295.00
    Item Number: Q3-24MCR1000070224
    Dates: 7/1/2024 - 7/29/2024

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED. This class is already in session.

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    About the Microcredential

    Contact Hours: 3-5 hours per week for four weeks

    Note: This is a cohort-based microcredential program which runs from July 1 - July 29. The work will be completed asynchronously with weekly graded assignments.

    Digital Accessibility Foundations equips learners with the knowledge and hands-on skills to develop digital content that is accessible to all users. Designed for a diverse professional audience, including marketing specialists, UX designers, and educators, the course helps build more collaborative teams and enhances customer engagement by promoting inclusive digital environments.

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    What You Will Learn

    • Legal and International Standards: Understand the legal frameworks and standards governing digital accessibility.
    • Disability Etiquette: Learn to engage respectfully and effectively with people of diverse abilities.
    • Inclusive Design: Adopt inclusive design principles to ensure your digital content is accessible and welcoming to all users.
    • Hands-on Applications: Practice creating and assessing content, including documents, websites and multimedia, to be accessible to people with disabilities.


    Course Features

    • Instructor-Facilitated: Includes direct interaction and guidance from an experienced instructor.
    • Global Focus: Goes beyond the US landscape for laws and policies and gives an overview of global laws and policies, including in developing countries.
    • Comprehensive Content: Covers both theoretical content (models of disability, accessibility standards) and practical applications (hands-on exercises in testing, evaluation, and remediation).
    • Expert Contributions: Includes content from experts in their fields for whom digital accessibility is impactful.
    • Global Copyright Considerations: Brief overview of how copyright intersects with accessibility.


    Course Format

    • Readings and Videos: Mandatory readings and video content to be completed prior to discussions and assignments.
    • Learning Checks: Ungraded assignments to help assess comprehension.
    • Discussion Board Posts: Weekly graded discussions.
    • Hands-on Assignments: Personalized graded assignments tailored to your specific real-life situations and job duties, such as assessing technologies for accessibility and developing accessible documents.
    • Platform: This course is delivered on the Canvas platform. Check out the Canvas technology requirements.


    About the Author

    Dr. Tania Heap is Sr. Director of Learning Research and Accessibility in the Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation (DSI) and Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Texas (UNT). She has been involved in digital learning initiatives for nearly 20 years. Tania’s background is in practice-based research in educational technology, digital accessibility, universal design for learning, user centered design, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


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