Accessibility in Aggieland
The purpose of this series is to promote proactive accessibility and educate the campus community about many different places that accessibility is important.
The webinars will all be held via zoom and each requires a separate registration. The webinars will be held every third Wednesday at 1:30-3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please review the sessions below and register for one or all that are of interest to you. The webinars are free and will be recorded as well as stored on the Center on Disability and Development website.
If you missed a session, you can review past sessions on the Accessibility in Aggieland Archive Page.
2022 Accessibility in Aggieland Webinar Series
Title: Accessibility in Canvas: Using the Canvas-integrated Ally program
Speaker: Sally Hughes
This webinar will provide participants guidance on incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Dr. Sally Hughes’ has spent more than three decades in the field of education and has served as a K-12 educator, instructional designer, program developer, professional development specialist, faculty member, and project manager. She has served in Texas school districts, Texas A&M University, Blinn College, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and currently as the Manager, Instructional Design in TAMU’s Office for Academic Innovation. Her work focuses specifically on digital accessibility in learning. She received her B.S. in Education from University of Texas, her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. She also holds a Certificate in Digital Accessibility Specialization from the Texas Digital Learning Association, and her interests include digital learning environments, quality assurance, digital accessibility, and professional development in these areas.
Outside of her work, Sally enjoys gardening, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, travelling, and spending time outside. She is married to a fellow educator, and they have two adult sons and a new granddaughter.
This webinar will provide participants guidance on incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants will also leave the session with strategies for making their Canvas courses digitally accessible to ensure all learners are able to access and utilize course resources.
Texas A&M has provided Ally within Canvas, a tool that identifies inaccessible course content, which is the first step in improving the accessibility. Ally reviews all documents and images that are uploaded to a Canvas course and provides steps needed to improve accessibility of content where it does not comply with accessibility guidelines. Additionally, Ally also provides students with the ability to access multiple formats of the original document that best fits their unique needs.
Participants will learn how to interpret the Accessibility Report in their Canvas course and be introduced to how to apply accessibility standards to Word or PowerPoint documents used in their courses and Canvas pages.
To give you a quick overview, the MaroonBase app offers points to TAMU students for attending events (live and virtual) and engaging on campus with lectures, fundraisers, service opportunities, etc. Points put students in monthly drawings and semester long competitions for prizes up to $2,000. Every 200 points enters their name once in the monthly drawing where three people win $500 each. Prizes are funded by a donation from a Former Student.
We will be offering 100 MaroonBase points to TAMU students (undergrad through PhD) who attend your webinar today. Students just need to download our app and “check in” during the event to receive the points.