Below are some of the Accessibility training events for October 2015. Events are Adobe Connect webinars unless otherwise specified.

Accessibility Workflow for Web Sites

Presenters: Joe DeLuca, Ritu Jayakar, Jeffrey Stine, Elizabeth Pyatt
Prerequisite(s): None, but familiarity with website development is beneficial

Course Details

Three webmasters from different units at Penn State will share their processes for building and maintaining a more accessible web presence in their College websites. Presenters will be Joe DeLuca, IT Manager from the Eberly College of Science, Ritu Jayakar, UX Analyst, Outreach and Online Education Marketing from World Campus and Jeffrey Stine, Senior Applications Programmer from the Commonwealth Colleges.

Objectives

  • Show developments of more accessible web templates for their CMS platform
  • Discuss how to work with editors and content providers to create accessible content
  • Share best practices for auditing web content

Date: Tue Oct 6, 2015
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: http://meeting.psu.edu/accessibilitytech
Register for Accessibility Workflow

Accessibility and MathML: Leveraging LaTeX, MathJax and Equation Editors to Build Accessible Equations

Presenters: Elizabeth J. Pyatt
Prerequisite(s): None, but familiarity with math equations is beneficial

Course Details

Creating and displaying accessible math equations on the web is not difficult if some simple steps are followed. Instructors and others will be able to store equations digitally and generate MathML equations as needed by including an equation editor in their workflows. The equation editor can also convert most LaTeX equations to MathML if necessary. The webinar will also discuss how to connect MathML content to the MathJax rendering libraries.

Objectives

  • Learn what MathML is and how it enhances accessibility
  • View demo of equation editor to export MathML
  • Understand how to convert LaTeX to MathML quickly
  • See how to create a link to MathJax

Date: Mon Oct 12, 2015
Time: 2-3PM
Location: http://meeting.psu.edu/accessibilitytech
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Identifying and Remediating Accessibility Blockers

Presenters: Christian Vinten-Johansen and Elizabeth Pyatt
Prerequisite(s): None

Course Details

Blockers are deficiencies in a document or tool which blocks or severely inhibits the ability of a person with a disability to use the document/tool. This session will identify these blockers and present strategies to repair them. Many techniques are surprisingly simple once learned.

Objectives

  • Understand how different audiences use the Web
  • List different blockers and explain why they inhibit access to information
  • Learn some simple strategies to fix major blockers
  • Identify resources to learn more about how to remediate blockers

Date: Mon Oct 19, 2015
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: 300 Building, Room 104 OR
Adobe Connect (http://meeting.psu.edu/accessibilitytech)

Accessibility Workflow for Online Course Materials

Presenters: Jennifer Babb, Teri Dreibelbis, Catherine Murphy, Elizabeth Pyatt
Prerequisite(s): None

Course Details

Three learning design specialists from different Colleges at Penn State will share their processes for creating accessible online course content. Presenters will be Jennifer Babb from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Teri Dreibelbis from the College of Liberal Arts and Catherine Murphy from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Objectives

  • Share best practices and workflow for developing accessible content
  • Compare captioning workflows
  • Show developments of more accessible web templates for their CMS platform
  • Discuss how to work with instructors for facilitating accessible content creation
  • Share challenges for creating different kinds of accessible content including STEM and technical content

Date: Fri Oct 23, 2015
Time: 10-11AM
Location: http://meeting.psu.edu/accessibilitytech
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Universal Design for Accessibility and Diversity

Presenters: Paula Bigatel, Sonya Woods, Nikki Massaro-Kauffman, and Ryan Klinger
Prerequisite(s): None

Course Details

In our session, we will recount the challenges of teaching all learners, will share the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and will illustrate the concepts with real-world examples. We provide a variety of perspectives in the instructional design process from the accessibility consultant who actually evaluates courses with assistive technology, the instructional designer who learned to apply UDL from a Harvard course taught by the person who coined the term, to the multimedia specialist who understands how to communicate effectively through media.

Date: Wed Oct 28, 2015
Time: 2:00PM -3:00PM
Location: http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/

Optimizing Accessibility for Sites at Penn State

Presenters: Elizabeth Pyatt
Prerequisite(s): None

Course Details

This session will review techniques in the Sites at Penn State WordPress platform to maximize accessibility for both content writers not familiar with code and webmasters proficient in HTML and CSS.

Objectives

  • Understand roles of content writer versus site designer for optimizing accessibility
  • Define what an “accessible theme” really means
  • Understand importance of using proper headings and clear link text in blogs and pages
  • Learn process for inserting an image ALT text
  • Understand drawbacks of some slideshow plugins for screen readers
  • Demonstrate plugin for accessible forms
  • Discuss benefits of adjusting CSS file
  • Review some advanced HTML techniques for creating accessible widgets and repairing some plugin outputs

Date: Thurs Oct 29, 2015
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: http://meeting.psu.edu/accessibilitytech
Register for Accessibility for Sites at Penn State