Ensuring Greater Accessibility

Ensuring Greater Accessibility In Word Documents and PDF Files
Tuesday, March 4
11 AM — 12:30 PM
FLITE 438
Facilitators:  Jodi Gardei (IT Services - Technology Assistance Center), Jackie Hughes, and Marie Yowtz (Educational Counseling & Disabilities Services)

It is important to use certain features within Word to ensure the document is formatted in a way that can be presented in different ways using assistive technologies. Using Styles and other features within Word provides structure that helps screen readers make sense of your document and provide a better experience for your students. Because most Adobe PDF files originate from Microsoft Word, knowing how to structure a Word document is the first step to creating an accessible PDF. Adobe has created a tool called “tags” which contain information about the structure of the document facilitating the effective use of assistive technologies (screen readers). While PDFs are known to be in a static document form, a tagged PDF makes it more accessible.

Please RSVP for all sessions by email to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826.

Ensuring Greater Accessibility Blackboard Mobile Learn App
Monday, March 17
4 – 5 PM
FLITE 405
Facilitators:  Mary Holmes (IT Services - Enterprise & Applications Services) and Jackie Hughes

Imagine a classroom without walls.  Learning does not does not have to happen only in the classroom.  Faculty can use Blackboard Mobile Learn to take the classroom out into the world and to keep students engaged as they experience online content and collaboration anywhere they go.

Please RSVP for all sessions by email to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826.

Ensuring Greater Accessibility In FerrisConnect
Friday, April 4
2 – 4 PM
FLITE 438
Facilitator:  Jackie Hughes

Though Blackboard Learn is the first LMS to deliver W3C verified conformance, to receive NVA certification from the National Federation of the Blind, and to be awarded the Dr. Jacob Bolotin award for “ground-breaking work in accessibility”, Blackboard is only as accessible as the instructional design.  In this session, attendees with learn about best practices for organizing content, imperative practices for labeling content, and other practices to avoid. 

Please RSVP for all sessions by email to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826.

Ensuring Greater Accessibility: Creating Closed Captioning for Audio and Video
Thursday, April 10
11 AM – 12 PM
FLITE 438
Facilitators:  Jackie Hughes and Julie Rudolph (Educational Counseling & Disabilities Services)

Creating closed captioning and providing scripts for video and audio may seem like a daunting task, but there are options and it saves you time to be proactive when building out your course with accessibility in mind. Closed captioning and scripting offers alternative modes of learning for students who do not hear well, who has a native language other than English or who may not be an auditory learner. Being proactive in accessibility saves time, money and it develops a culture of diversity and inclusion. 

Please RSVP for all sessions by email to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826.

Ensuring Greater Accessibility on the Web
Wednesday, April 23
3 – 4 PM
FLITE 438
Facilitators:  Terri Aldrich (IT Services - Enterprise & Applications Services) and Jackie Hughes

Whether you are building a web page in Omni or developing your course in Blackboard, there are easy tips for ensuring accessibility and creating a culture of inclusion. In this session, attendees will learn how to make text, images, tables, forms, etc. accessible. Attendees will also be shown how to test a web page for accessibility.

Please RSVP for all sessions by email to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826.