Forget the Alt Text: When Accessible Does Not Equal Usable

Tuesday, October 15 | 1:15PM–2:15PM CT | Board 104, Poster Area, Halls F1, F2, Level 3
Session Type: Poster Session
Delivery Format: Poster Session
This poster probes equal access questions surrounding the transition from targeted individual accommodations to at-scale accommodations in MOOC learning environments. The stories and strategies displayed are based on three core points: (1) differences between accessibility and usability, (2) accommodation development based on basic and universal principles for all audiences, and (3) innovation in campus accessibility/disability services to meet new industry demands. These three tenets, while stand-alone, are interrelated when an institution's approach to providing disability services is considered. We will present Gies College of Business's journey to reframe how accommodation is approached when accessibility at scale becomes an imperative. Our aim is to open discussion of these three tenets with attendees and set the stage for them to engage and share their own path to innovating the accessibility and usability practices.

Outcomes: Differentiate between real-world implementation of usable and accessible instructional materials * Identify differences between accessibility practices between on-campus and MOOC courses * Understand that disability accommodations are a moving target and that campus accessibility teams likely need to restructure their approach to cope with enormous capacity demands


  • Jin Choo

    Senior eLearning and ADA Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Norma Scagnoli

    Vice Provost for Learning Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • John Tubbs

    Director of Digital Media for eLearning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign