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Accessibility Center to Present at Online Teaching Conference

June 2, 2022

Computer keyboard with a green accessibility key in place of enter keyDesigning online courses and materials with accessibility in mind presents benefits that go beyond equitable access for students with disabilities. In fact, adding usability features can boost learning for all students, as well as increase job satisfaction and success for staff and faculty.

In a half-day workshop at the upcoming Online Teaching Conference (OTC’22), the California Community Colleges Accessibility Center will explain why this is so, and step participants through the essential concepts of accessible course design in the Canvas learning management system.

Accessibility Center Director Dawn Okinaka will present “Accessibility Basics through Practical Application in Canvas” on Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is targeted to faculty and staff with beginner to intermediate-level experience in accessible course design.

The training will cover fundamental accessibility concepts including:

  • The what, why and how of basic accessibility concepts
  • Incorporating Section 508 accessibility rules related to formatting and styles in Canvas pages
  • Accessibility checkers that can be used within Canvas

Produced by CCC TechConnect, and funded under a grant from the CCC Chancellor’s Office, the annual Online Teaching Conference brings together hundreds of California Community Colleges faculty, staff, and administrators who share and learn about innovative and effective online education practices. The conference is focused on curriculum, pedagogy, and technology to improve online instruction, learning, and student success.

OTC’22 will run from June 29 through July 1, 2022, at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Information and registration can be found at OnlineTeachingConference.org.