Through Avila University's Community Values, we are committed to applying universal design for learning principles in our online course offerings so that all students have access to course content.This site provides guidelines and resources for Avila faculty and instructional designers engaged in creating online content.
For more information, contact Mark Eaton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Instructional Technology.
ANGEL and 508
ANGEL has a 508 compliance mode where students can create accessibility profiles. The YouTube video shows how a profile is created and used.
While ANGEL provides a basic 508 compliance capability, it generally only works with content that has been authored within the course using standard HTML tags. Content such as PowerPoint, Word, PDF documents, and YouTube videos may not be 508 compliant; however, these content items can be created for accessibility by following basic standards and simple guidelines.
508 Profiles in ANGEL
Real Connections: Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone
Accessible PDF Documents at Avila
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
The mission of the center is to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.
An excellent resource on UDL and learning styles is Teaching Every Student which can be purchased or surveyed on the CAST website.
According Daniel Fusch, Director of Publications & Research in his blog Improving the Accessibility of Online Course Materials at Academic Impressions, there are two things we can do to improve accessibility. 1) Vet Potential Vendors and 2) Coach Faculty.
In our choice of Canvas as our replacement learning management system we have selected an environment that recevied Gold certification from the National Federation for the Blind. This means the design of the system considers accessibility.
But now we must ensure that academic content added to the site meets minimum accessibility standard. Information Services will provide faculty training in the Spring. Follow the implementation progress of Canvas at blog.avila.edu/canvas.