One of the challenges faculty face, in improving the accessibility of their online courses, is to understand and locate accessibility problems in the first place. To assist in this, a programming team at the University of Central Florida developed an accessibility issue reporting and repair tool for Canvas: UDOIT. This session will explain some of the common accessibility issues in online courses and demonstrate how to use UDOIT to quickly find and repair such issues in a Canvas course. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to the session so that they can try UDOIT out!
Emily Ravenwood is a Senior Instructional Designer for the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies. She coordinates faculty training and supports Rutgers faculty in developing hybrid and online courses. Before joining COHLIT’s Office of Instructional Design, she taught for nine years at Wittenberg University, and another eight before that at the Ohio State and Eastern Michigan Universities, and she is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Her M.A. and A.B.D. are in Language and Literature, and she has taught writing, business communication, and literature in both hybrid and online formats, giving her insight into the challenges facing online faculty. Her professional research has focused on effective online pedagogy and accessible design, supported by ten years’ experience as a website designer and programmer. Working with both front- and back-end design has given her considerable experience in how users interact with online material, and how to create effective information architecture.