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Universal design: self-paced videos and live workshops

The Division for Continuing Studies (DoCS ) supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in teaching with technology, including creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses. Among its other services, DoCS provides training workshops on accessibility and Universal Design issues. All of our workshops are available to attend virtually via GoToWebinar or in-person. We also have video-capture of previous sessions available, which you can watch at your own pace.

For more information about these workshops, please contact the OID training coordinator, Dena Novak, at dena.novak@rutgers.edu.

Self-Paced Video

Accessibility and Universal Design – Text and Documents

This session will introduce you to the principles of accessible design and help you apply them to text documents, including PDFs. This session focuses on using headers and styles effectively, and on how to make accessible PDFs.

Watch a previously recorded webinar on Accessible Text and Documents

Accessibility and Universal Design – Images and Video

This session will introduce you to the principles of accessible design and help you apply them to images and video. This session focuses on how to add alt text and captions to images, and how to prepare a video for captioning.

Watch a previously recorded webinar on Accessible Images and Videos.

You may also wish to explore the captioning webinars offered by 33PlayM.

Accessibility and Universal Design – Course Management

This session will introduce you to the principles of accessible design as they apply to course management. We will cover what information should be included in course documents, and how to structure your course consistently.

Watch a previously recorded webinar on Accessibility and Course Management.

Accessibility and Universal Design – Math and Equations

This session will introduce you to MathML, and show you how to produce accessible math equations using the Math Editors in Canvas, eCollege, Sakai, and Blackboard. In addition, we will discuss LaTeX, how it can assist accessibility, and its accessibility limitations.

Watch a previously recorded webinar on Accessible online math equations .

Live Training Workshops

Training available through DoCS through their Office of Instructional Design (OID) team. The training is provided online. The schedule and registration is available online, and summaries of the different trainings are listed below.

  1. Level 1: Activate – These workshops are designed to give you the essential skills you need to begin teaching in the online environment. This includes basic Canvas skills, introductions to lecture recording and web accessibility, and the foundations of effective online course design and delivery.
  2. Level 2: Elevate – Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to focus on improving and elevating your online teaching practice. These sessions focus on strategies and tools to refine your instruction and take student learning to the next level.
  3. Level 3: Innovate
    These advanced sessions focus on creative ways to innovate in the online teaching environment. We’ll explore new ways to use external tools to enhance student engagement and collaboration, apply visual design elements to your course, and work together to solve your most puzzling teaching challenges.