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AccessGA Newsletter February 2016
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AMAC’s Free ICT Accessibility MOOC: What it Offers to You and Your Organization

The concept of massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, were first introduced in 2008. MOOCs are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.
AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center at Georgia Tech has dedicated their expertise and resources to develop a MOOC that focuses specifically on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility. In collaboration with G3iCT and Georgia Tech, AMAC is proud to announce that the course is now available on the edX platform. This MOOC offering is comprised of a six-week course that identifies issues and design solutions for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility. 
 

What Does the ICT Accessibility MOOC Provide to Your Organization?

This course consists of modules detailing some of the primary ICT accessibility obstacles that organizations face. This introductory course will provide your agency with an overview of how to measure its ICT accessibility and assess the importance of maintaining an inclusive workplace for both employees and customers with disabilities. No previous knowledge is required. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of common computer-based applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite.
 

Course Goals

Students of this course will learn about the fundamentals of accessibility design in the ICT field. At the end of the course, students will be able to identify, evaluate, and apply strategies and techniques for making electronic information and communication technology services and products accessible for employees and users in corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Summarize the foundations of ICT accessibility.
  • Summarize the principles of accessible ICT design.
  • Identify the uses of assistive technology.
  • Create accessible documents and multimedia.
  • Evaluate and repair websites for accessibility.
  • Identify components of ICT accessibility operations.
 

Brief Video of the ICT Accessibility MOOC

For a brief overview of this exciting ICT Accessibility MOOC, access the close-captioned video below:


Course Modules
This course is divided into six modules, each having associated activities and a quiz:
 

Module 1: ICT Accessibility

Background information on ICT accessibility and the future of electronic information accessibility.
 

Module 2: ICT Accessibility Design

The importance of design in accessibility, the value of container and content, and the evaluation of compliance.
 

Module 3: Assistive Technology

Impact of assistive technology on individuals with disabilities, federal laws related to assistive technology, definition of mainstream technology, and assistive technology demonstrations.
 

Module 4: Accessible Documents and Multimedia

Elements of an accessible document, accessibility standards, tools to check accessibility, multimedia captioning and audio description demonstration, audio description standards, guidelines, and resources.
 

Module 5: Web Accessibility Evaluation and Design

Web accessibility definition and overview, understanding interaction of web and users with accessibility needs, evaluating accessibility issues via online tools, remediation of code in order to achieve website accessibility, and contribution of HTML5 and ARIA to website accessibility.
 

Module 6: ICT Accessibility Operations

The influence of market forces on the development of enterprise ICT accessibility operations, challenges faced by these enterprises, Enterprise ICT accessibility operational model and how it can sustain enterprise accessibility operations.
Each module includes recommended and suggested activities for deeper exploration and learning of the content.
 

Register for the ICT Accessibility MOOC

In order to enroll for this ICT Accessibility course, visit the edX registration page at the following URL: ICT Accessibility MOOC
 
AccessGA, Georgia’s Accessible ICT Initiative, is a program of the State of Georgia ADA Coordinator's Office, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Technology Authority's GeorgiaGov Interactive.