Producing POUR Products: Does Your Digital Course Content Meet Accessibility Standards?

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Accessibility is an imperative element of any course content design, but it is often an afterthought rather than at the forefront of course creation. It is much easier to design an accessible course than it is to retroactively make a course accessible.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) uses the acronym POUR to guide users in their creation of accessible content — Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. In this webinar, Professor Chrystal Trapani and Professor Kristin White of Old Dominion University will share an overview for creating digital course content to meet accessibility standards.

About the Presenters: Professor Kristin White is an Instructional Technologist with the Center for Learning and Teaching at Old Dominion University; she is the university’s lead ZOOM trainer. Kristin has been an integral part of ODU’s transition to remote teaching during COVID-19 and continues to develop and facilitate faculty support on topics including ZOOM, Blackboard, VoiceThread, Kaltura and other instructional technologies via workshops, consultations, videos and support documentation. While building online interactive activities for faculty, she has noticed the absence of basic accessibility knowledge and does her best to inform and educate others on how to make content accessible to all learners.

Professor Chrystal Trapani is an Instructional Technologist with the Center for Learning and Teaching and an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University. Chrystal has crafted tech forward activities in her composition courses for over twelve years. She blends her experience working with first generation and non-traditional students, curriculum development, creating interactive and accessible online course content, and training and mentoring faculty in order to help them achieve positive student outcomes and success. In working with faculty, she helps her colleagues gain strong, working knowledge of how to make course content successful for students of all learning abilities. Chrystal continues her commitment to teaching so she can share personal classroom experience with faculty.