Accessibility Solutions in a Digital Learning Environment

Brief Description

Get ready to discover accessibility as you have never seen it before through the eyes of a learner!  This session will focus on identifying the truths and myths around accessibility in Digital Learning, address accessibility from a true measure of the population who needs educators to meet accessibility standards, and review the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2.0).  In addition, the session will discuss Florida Virtual School’s journey to accessibility for all learners as well as offer detailed tools and methods to support teachers and administrators in choosing accessible Open Educational Resources or publisher material.  The goal of this session is to leave participants with a different view of accessibility needs and who needs accessible content as well as provide tools and knowledge to support in choosing tools which work for all learners.


This session will focus on identifying the truths and myths around accessibility in Digital Learning. Outline will include:

1. What is Accessibility? - A brief history of accessibility standards and its impact on digital learning.

2. Who needs accessible content? - A myth discussion specific to the statistical myth that 2% of students require accessibility alternatives. To follow a discussion of cognitive and physical accessibility needs will be discussed.

3. How can anyone work to meet these standards? - Discussion of the roles of leadership, publishers/developers, teachers, principals, and support personnel in accessibility for all.

4. Florida Virtual School's journey to Accessibility for all- We will take them through our use of the standards, our focus in course design, and discuss in detail the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2.0).

5. You don’t have to be a course reviewer or a quality analyst to choose accessible products. – We will discuss how anyone can review an OER (Open Educational Resource) or a publisher material to check that it meets the minimum accessibility guidelines to serve all students. In this, we will provide tips and tricks to best test resources and prepare for models such as the flipped classroom for all students.

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