This presentation describes and demonstrates how to use computer application tools on the local computer for creating online accessible course content and complementing Blackboard's accessibility tools. Educators emphasize making course content - especially online content - accessible to all users, including users with vision, hearing, and other disabilities. As an online deliverer of course content, Blackboard has provided effective, necessary tools for assuring course content that is accessible to the user with disabilities. However, course content created outside of Blackboard with local computer tools (such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools), if not created with accessibility in mind, presents obstacles to these users. This presentation will demonstrate best practices to follow in creating accessible course content that is uploaded to the Web. Both accessible and inaccessible course content will be illustrated, giving the audience an experience that will highlight the importance of creating necessary, common-sense, habits to assure accessibility.
Presenter: Harriette L. Spiegel, Instructional Specialist II, University of Tennessee at Martin