Course Activity and Digital Badge

Each registered participant will develop one activity that employs various concepts and strategies introduced in the course. Participants will be asked to complete assignments between the course segments that support the learning objectives and will receive feedback and constructive critique from the facilitators on how to improve and shape their work. Participants who successfully complete the entire activity will receive an EDUCAUSE digital badge recognizing their accomplishment.

Schedule and Activities

Session 1: Building an Accessibility Program

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

In the first session, we will introduce the elements of building an effective campus-wide digital accessibility program or initiative, the common challenges and successes, and each section of it (e.g., framework/template, goals, people, planning, policy, auditing, resources, reevaluation, complaint handling, and corrective actions). We will use an actual case study and examples to illustrate how to develop and apply the program and how to take it forward into implementation.

Session Activity

  • During the session, you will preliminarily complete part of program development checklist, focusing on building the "toolkit" (identifying the program goals, planning, applicable laws and guidelines, and policy language) and the first section of "implementation" (identifying what resources to coordinate, prototypes to adopt, and approaches to implementation). Most of the implementation will be covered in session 2 as a program plan.
  • Between sessions, you will complete the remainder of the implementation section of the digital accessibility program plan and have at least one conversation with another unit on your campus with whom you wish to better coordinate and collaborate on a digital accessibility program or initiative plan.

Session 2: Collecting Resources and Implementation

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

In the second session, we'll review our preliminary program plan and discuss knowledge gained from conversations with other units, and then revise our plan focused on implementation. To do this, we'll provide an overview of ways to move into implementation by quickly identifying and prototyping from existing resources.

Session Activity

  • During the session, you will revise your program plan based on reflections and discussions and complete the second part of the implementation plan outline, which focuses on developing a list of resources, reviewing requirements, and revising guidelines. As part of this process, you will develop a plan outline with checklists, decide which resources to prototype, and coordinate over the next week (e.g., storyboard, mock-up, draft report format, etc.) to get feedback.
  • Between sessions, you will execute your digital accessibility program or initiative plan and get feedback on your proposed plan.

Session 3: Turning the Program Plan into Reality

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

In the third session, we'll reflect on our lessons from building a program plan using existing frameworks/templates, share examples, and get advice on how to turn the ideas on the digital accessibility program plan into reality, covering topics such as how to make the case for digital accessibility on your campus, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to evaluate for success, how to recruit "qualified" people, and how to train faculty on best practices.

Session Activity

  • During the session, you will revise your "Next Steps" section of the program plan outline based on the knowledge learned from building the toolkit, feedback, and the discussions.