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Accessibility Training & Workshops

The Office of IT Accessibility will hold accessibility workshops for web developers and content creators and provide training for assistive and instructional technologies for students, faculty, and staff.

Individualized and group consultations are available by request. If you are interested in a training, unable to make any of the training sessions below, or have any questions after reviewing the links of available technology, please feel free to contact us at accessibility@rutgers.edu.

Live Training Workshops

Summer 2020

OITA is providing general web and digital accessibility training sessions to Rutgers staff every semester and summer session. At the end of these sessions, attendees should be able to do the following:

  • Understand policies set by Rutgers regarding web and digital accessibility.
  • Use scanning tools to test for accessibility issues on websites and documents.
  • Know how to do manual testing on sites for accessibility issues.
  • Understand common issues and how to fix them.
  • Learn how to include accessibility during early site development efforts.

Notice: Due to the precautions Rutgers is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all training sessions will be held over WebEx or Zoom for the foreseeable future.

Content Accessibility 101

Next Sessions:

  • June 4: 2:00pm-4:00

We will analyze basic accessibility concepts; explore common digital accessibility issues and how to remediate them; and how to make and how to scan for accessibility in common file types, such as Word documents, PDF, etc. Attendees are also welcome to present issues found within their own work for questions and review.

This session is important for the members of Rutgers who are just being introduced to IT Accessibility and anyone who creates documents, website copy or content.

Sign up for Content Accessibility 101 (link opens in a new window)

 

Audio Description 101

Next Sessions:

  • June 11, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM

This training will provide a summary of the history of audio description (AD), how it is used by blind and low-vision users, and how to write and implement your own AD into multimedia.

This session is important for anyone who has an interest in producing high-quality video content for all users.

Sign up for Audio Description 101 (link opens in a new window)

 

Captioning 101

Next Sessions:

  • June 23, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM

This training will provide participants with an overview of the benefits of captioned media. More than just an accommodation for Deaf users, closed captions also improve SEO. Participants will learn of best practices to facilitate captioning workflows, useful resources, and academic standards to enhance knowledge retention.

This session is important for anyone who produces pre-recorded video or multimedia content.

Sign up for Captioning 101 (link opens in a new window)

 

Captioning 102

Next Sessions:

  • July 1, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM

This training is a follow-up to Captioning 101 and includes advanced captioning topics. Participants will learn of tools for speech recognition, live captions, and video streaming. Participants will learn of DCMP and FCC guidelines that enhance the readability of closed captions.

This session is important for anyone who coordinates live events.

Sign up for Captioning 102 (link opens in a new window)

 

Web Accessibility 101

Next Sessions: 

  • July 9, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM

This training will give an overview of how to develop and design websites and mobile applications with accessibility in-mind; how to remediate and correct common web-based accessibility issues; how to avoid them in future projects; and how to scan for accessibility. Attendees are also welcome to present issues found within their own work for questions and review.

This session is important for members of web teams who create, oversee, and update overall frameworks and templates of websites.

Sign up for Web Accessibility 101 (link opens in a new window)

 

Blackboard Ally and Canvas UDOIT

Next Sessions:

  • July 16, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM

While accessible course design always requires manual verification, several automated tools exist which can simplify the process of remediating course content. Learn to take advantage of the built-in tools that various learning management systems include.

This session is important for instructional designers, instructors, and anyone who manages an LMS.

Sign up for Blackboard Ally and Canvas UDOIT (link opens in a new window)

 

Accessibility and Teleconferencing

Next Sessions:

  • August 6, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Teleconferencing tools provide flexibility in how people collaborate and socialize online. Join us to learn which platforms and tools can facilitate communication with a wide array of individuals, and how to allow all users to use their preferred method of communication.

This session is important for anyone using teleconferencing software like Zoom or WebEx for classes or meetings.

Sign up for Accessibility and Teleconferencing (link opens in a new window)

 

Assistive Technology Play Day

Next Sessions: 

  • POSTPONED, sign up for announcements

Come and spend time with us as we tell you a little bit about all the tools and gadgets people with disabilities have available to them and to get a chance to play with them yourself. Please note that due to the interaction element of this training, it is only being presented live!

This session is important for anyone curious about assistive technology and anyone responsible for QA and manual testing.

Sign up for Assistive Technology Play Day (link opens in a new window)

Self-Paced Training

Deque University

To help train Rutgers web developers and those who build Rutgers websites or maintain website frameworks, self-paced training has been made available through Deque University. These courses offer web accessibility fundamentals, digital content accessibility, and how to test and remediate accessibility issues.

There are limited slots available for usage. To request a login, please fill out the Deque University Signup form.

External Resources

Universal Design Videos & Workshops

The Division for Continuing Studies (DoCS) supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses. DoCS’s Teaching & Learning with Technology office offers training workshops in Universal Design. Two of these sessions have been previously recorded, which you can watch at your own pace.