Note: This is a 4 part webinar series. UMN will be broadcasting 2/4 parts: Canvas and Moodle
Series moderators: Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington and Norm Coombs from EASI.
While we all recognize the need to make Learning Management Systems accessible for students with disabilities as required by federal and state legislation, it is equally important to make them accessible for both staff and faculty with disabilities. Course content is usually created by content experts who may know very little about designing their content to be accessible and who become overwhelmed with this new obligation. Learning Management Systems must find ways –to help these faculty. Presenters will talk both about the accessibility features in their system and share what is being done to help non-technical faculty create accessible content. Besides making PDF, Word and HTML documents accessible, Faculty will need tools to assist them in providing captions for videos, transcriptions for audio and video description of video action.
We are beginning to realize that an LMS can and should go beyond making its structure and interaction accessible. Some LMS systems are looking for ways to help their faculty content providers create content that is accessible. We used to think a safe automobile was a technical mechanical issue. Now car makers are building features into their cars to assist the driver to drive more safely. The smart car is already becoming a reality. Can we also have a smart LMS?