January 2013 Newsletter
Providing Training for Faculty and Staff: An Essential Element for Your Campus
GOALS Director Cyndi Rowland shares some ideas and includes the experiences of 2 institutions on providing training and support for faculty and staff on web accessibility.
Voices from the Field: Purdue University Calumet
Pamela Riesmeyer, Web Accessibility Coordinator at Purdue University Calumet shares her experiences and lessons learned when enacting Purdue's Web Accessibility initiative over the past year.
Accessibility Video "Playlist"
GOALS' Jon Whiting reviews and recommends a variety of accessibility related videos available on the web.
GOALS Interest Survey–Still Open
Thank you to those who responded to last month's survey to help identify resources and share experiences that could benefit our readership. The survey will remain open for a few more days, so please take three minutes to respond.
In The News:
Sloan-C Accessibility Webinar Series 2013: Student & Faculty Success in Online Education
Sloan-C is presenting a series of 90 minute webinars which focus on accessibility. Each webinar brings together a panel of administrative leaders, faculty, and students from across the United States who will provide individual and collective perspectives on accessibility, disabilities and online education.
The series includes:
- Administrative Panel: Understanding the Law & Building Accessible Institutional Infrastructures (webcast archive)
January 15, 2013 12-1:30 pm ET
- Student & Alumni Panel: What Students with Disabilities Want Faculty & Administrators to Know
February 12, 2013 12-1:30 pm ET
- Faculty Panel: What Faculty with Disabilities Want Institutions to Know
March 14, 2013, 12-1:30 pm ET
- Accessibility Specialists: Understanding "Invisible" Disabilities & What this Means for Online Education
April 23, 2013, 12-1:30 pm ET
Policy Issues for eText Adoption in Higher Education
Accessibility was discussed as a key issue for eText adoption in higher education at a presentation by EDUCAUSE staff titled What We're Learning from eTexts. This presentation was part of the Fall 2012 CNI conference.
Accessibility for Patrons with Print Disabilities
The Association for Research Libraries' Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities investigated technological, legal, and service challenges for the research library community in providing access for the print disabled. The final report of the task force (PDF) outlines a framework, identify critical partners, and raise awareness in the community around inclusive design of technology and services.
EDUCAUSE Blogs on the NFB / Google Apps concerns
Educause blogger Jarret Cummings discusses the NFB concerns on the accessibility of Google Apps with response from both sides:
- NFB Google Apps Concerns Continue
- Google Response on NFB Google Apps Concerns