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Lunch & Learn Series

Lunch and Learn Series:
2005 Discussions on Accessible Online Education

Some presentations are PowerPoint files (view with free download: PowerPoint Viewer) and other presentations are Word files (view with free download: Word Viewer). Alternate formats are available upon request.

For questions or requests for training materials, please Contact the GRADE Project.

Accessibility and Course Management Systems - PowerPoint file

Marsha Allen (Wednesday, October 19, 2005)

Educators and educational institutions commonly use course management systems, such as Blackboard and WebCT, for publishing and maintaining online content as well as conducting distance education. Each systems offers various tools that can be used in the curriculum, including synchronous (real time) communication tools, chat, peer review, and quizzes. However, the tools and the design of the system are often difficult or unusable for students with various types of disabilities and those using alternative technology. This presentation will explore the accessibility features and solutions to barriers of the most commonly used course management systems.

Accessible PDF

Marsha Allen (April 21, 2005)

The Portable Document Format (PDF) was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. It is a type of file for distributing documents over the Internet that preserves the structure of any source document on the screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or printer is used. However, most PDF files contain elements, such as charts, images, and tables that present barriers for students, especially those with disabilities. This presentation will discuss strategies and techniques for improving the creation, conversion, distribution, and exchange of secure and accessible PDF files.

Accessible Features of DreamWeaver MX

Marsha Allen (January 27, 2005)

Universally designed education has the potential for removing many barriers that students, especially those with disabilities, face in higher education. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX is one of the most commonly used web development applications. Learn how to use the accessibility features of Dreamweaver MX to create web-based materials that ensure a positive learning environment and experience for all users.

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