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Accessibility Training & Resources

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Making Your Content Available to All Users

WSU Tech provides numerous opportunities for training to make content accessible for all users. Accessibility training includes using Blackboard Ally.  Training materials are listed below. 

Courseware Tool (3rd Party) Training

This training is fully online, so the training video and materials live in Blackboard. We will offer this training course to all faculty every semester starting November 2020. Just email ITAS@wsutech.edu if you want to be enrolled, and we will get you in the next available session. 

In the meantime, check out some of these resources about third-party accessibility:

 
 

Audio and Video Accessibility Training

As the first accessibility training to be moved online, the training videos and materials live in Blackboard. We will offer this training course to all faculty every semester. Just email ITAS@wsutech.edu if you want to be enrolled and we will get you in the next available session. 

In the meantime, check out some of these great websites and videos on captioning:

 

Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel Training

 

Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF Training

 

Image and Hyperlink Training 

Select the following links to access training documents:

 

Ally Alternative Formats

The Alternative Formats feature is the reason we strive to make our Ally meters green: they are the output that our students can download based on what format they need. The first link in the bullets below is for you, the faculty: it covers what formats are available and how students access them. The second link is for students and is something you can share in your What's New area or in a course message to encourage students to check out these great formats. It even includes a chart to help students decide what kinds of formats are best for the access they need or want. 

 

For information on how to use the Ally feedback tool to check for accessibility in your courses, see the next section on Ally and WCAG 2.1 Resources

 

Blackboard Ally and WCAG 2.1 Resources

Blackboard Ally is now a part of WSU Tech. All courses in the college are now monitored for accessibility. Ally's accessibility checker is based on WCAG 2.1 AA standards.
 

There are two approaches to Blackboard Ally, one for the instructor and one for the student. To learn more about how this system works please contact a member of the Accessibility Committee. You can reference the documents and links below as a starting point to understand Ally and WCAG 2.1.