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Accessibility & Usability

Starting Fall 2016, the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) launched our Digital Accessibility and Universal Design Initiative at CCU. Making online courses accessible means that ALL learners can complete the same course and perform the same functions. Section 508 eliminates barriers in information technology, including online learning, and make it accessible to all people. Ensuring equal access to online learning for all students and providing them with equal access to all online content to ensure student success. The Coastal Office of Online Learning has taken on several intiatives to help ensure equal access for online learners.

Accessibility Workshop | Captioning InitiativeAlly
 
Accessibility Workshop

One part is a focus on enhancing the campus community's knowledge of Universal Design and Accessibility as it relates to technology-enhanced classes and our academic spaces (digitally). In that vein, we developed a new, exciting workshop called Integration of Accessible Assignments & Activities into your Online, Hybrid, and Flex ClassesThis course is currently offered by our OL Director (Sherri Restauri), who is leading the Digital Accessibility and UD initiative within the technology-enhanced course space.

Digital Accessibility & Universal Design, Captioning Initiative

As an integral second part of the Digital Accessibility and UD Initiative, the COOL department is pleased to announce the availability of captioning for multimedia (audio and video) as a free service to faculty members teaching online, hybrid, and flex classes. Part of making an online course accessible is captioning all multimedia that is being used. Faculty who are interested in having their multimedia captioned may complete this form to be added to the list. Please read over the Guidelines for Closed Captioning for additioinal information . Captioning requests are completed on an as-needed basis determined by when the course is being offered next, as well as based on first-come, first-serve. 

COOL is also please to provide, as part of the Captioning Initiative our Instructional Multimedia Recording Lab. The IMR lab is available on a reservation-only basis and includes an instructional computer station with lecture capture software, microphone, videocamera, and additional technologies faculty may need for recording multimedia presentations. 

For more information about the captioning initiative or to reserve the ICL, contact Jessica Mew (Hall) (jahall1@coastal.edu). Please contact the COOL Director, Sherri Restauri (srestauri@coastal.edu), for additional details about the Accessibility and UD Initiative at Coastal.

Ally

Accessibility: Ally creates alternative files that are easier to use by all students. Alternative file formats provide greater opportunity for everyone to access course materials. These alternative forms include tagged PDF, HTML, ePub, Electronic Braille, and Audio. For more information please see the Ally for Learning Management Systems (LMS) Help Site.

And last but certainly not least, if you’re interested, please sign up to be an Ally Pilot! You’ll get a preview of this new tool and can check out how it will work in your Moodle course(s). There is a very limited time commitment required for participation in this pilot group.