Course-in-a-Nutshell: Web Accessibility

"Access" key on keyboard

Today, we can hardly conceive of life without the Internet. Some have argued that no other single invention has been more revolutionary since Gutenberg’s printing press in the 1400s. Now, at the click of a mouse, the world can be “at your fingertips”—that is, if you can use a mouse… and see the screen… and hear the audio—in other words, if you don’t have a disability of any kind.

The web offers many opportunities to people with disabilities that are unavailable through any other medium. It offers independence and freedom. However, if a web site is not created with web accessibility in mind, it may exclude a segment of the population that stands to gain the most from the Internet.

Though estimates vary, most studies find that about one fifth (20%) of the population has some kind of disability. Not all of these people have disabilities that make it difficult for them to access the Internet, but it is a significant portion of the population. Businesses would never purposely exclude 20, 10, or even 5 percent of their potential customers from their web sites.

– Adapted from “Introduction to Web Accessibility” by WebAIMnew window

Similarly, as a educational institution, we do not want to exclude any of our students from access to online course materials. Most people do not intend to exclude people with disabilities, but may do so unknowingly. The good news is that you are reading this and are taking the first steps toward making your materials accessible.

This Course-in-a-Nutshell explores Web Accessibility and will introduce you to why web accessibility is important, not just for students with disabilities, but for all students. It will introduce you to how students with disabilities use the web and three things you can do immediately to make your online course materials more accessible.

Modules

Course Dates

This course ran from Monday, April 16, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018. It will remain online for others to reference. There are 5 blog posts. Each one takes 10-15 minutes to review and complete.

How Does This Course Work?

As an instructor at Leeward CC, you will automatically receive a blog newsletter each day during the course dates.

Questions?

Contact leanne.riseley@hawaii.edu with any questions you may have.

 

Resources

Introduction to Web Accessibility. (n.d.). Retrieved February 22, 2018, from https://webaim.org/intro/

Attributions

“Access” Image by ITU Pictures, Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0