Online Course | Accessibility Program Management

Part 1: July 2, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 2: July 10, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: July 17, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


Learn how to build an accessible program toolkit and digital accessibility program management for online courses and explore general website guidelines based on WCAG 2.1. Topics will include building a culture of accessibility, guiding a campus-wide committee, recruiting qualified staff, tapping into existing communities of practice, developing a plan, and designing a policy/initiative and implementing it campus-wide. You'll also discover a staged approach for adoption of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and digital accessibility, which allows for continual improvement and reevaluation. This course is designed for program managers, administrators, faculty, centers for faculty development, instructional technologists, instructional designers, librarians, instructional technology staff, and others who are actively involved in digital accessibility.

Learning Objectives

During this course, participants will:

  • Explore the range of resources necessary for rolling out an institutional-wide digital accessibility program or initiative
  • Examine key criteria within an institution's digital accessibility program or plan relative to applicable institutional goals, diversity, and inclusive excellence
  • Analyze and apply resources, including an effective institutional digital accessibility toolkit
  • Identify the key components of a digital accessibility policy, including an overview of applicable laws

NOTE: Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated above and will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators on how to improve and shape their work.


Angela Jackson Angela Jackson, Online Program Manager, Section 508 Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota

Angela Jackson is an accomplished educational technologist, faculty trainer, course reviewer, and accessibility specialist. She is a champion in digital accessibility on her campus and serves as one of two institutional representatives on the South Dakota Board of Regents Accessibility Task Force. She has been instrumental in authoring institutional and statewide policy on accessibility and creating the digital accessibility plan for USD Online. She has 30 years of combined experience teaching online as an adjunct professor, working in compliance and program evaluation, auditing, faculty development, programming, and information technology.

Jackson is currently pursuing an EdD in adult and higher education. She holds an MS in technology for education and training and a BS in information systems. Her area of research is in understanding online faculty experiences designing accessible courses. Jackson is a national speaker on UDL and digital accessibility. She is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), EDUCAUSE, POD Network, and WCET.