College of the Desert (COD) faculty and staff receive dedicated training and ongoing support for choosing and creating accessible instructional materials
COD is providing information to faculty and staff about existing resources and training opportunities for creating and choosing accessible instructional materials.
2018, Information Technology (IT) created and shared an Accessibility Resources web page with faculty and staff, including links to external training programs
2019, College emailed all faculty and staff accessibility Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
2019, IT updated accessibility training resource
COD is dedicating resources and training support to faculty and staff to support them in creating and choosing accessible instructional materials.
2017, College invited guest speaker to deliver workshop on Section 508 to train faculty and staff
2018, Distance Education (DE) updated training for faculty and staff to support them in creating and choosing accessible instructional materials
2019, College invited California Community Colleges Accessibility Center to provide training to IT, Human Resources (HR), and Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) staff
IT provides video captioning trainings
Faculty Development provides 3C Media Solutions instructional video captioning training
COD is implementing a regular, defined, and documented process by which faculty receive training in creating and choosing accessible instructional materials. Cadre of experts are being trained and supported to develop a community of practice capable of meeting institutional needs.
2016, as part of Administrative Procedure 4105 (opens PDF), DE requires faculty members to go through a certification process to teach online, which includes accessibility training
2019, College hired Accessibility Specialist to provide trainings
2019, College recruited and trained faculty members on reassigned time to become faculty accessibility coaches
2019, Educational Policies and Practices Committee (EPP) working with IT, provided accessible course syllabus template (Opens Word file) and training resources
2019, IT provided the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) Requirements for Vendors (opens PDF) to support faculty in choosing accessible instructional materials
Educational Technologies and Distance Education Committee (ETDE) and IT will define an instructional technology approval process, including accessibility as a subset of the overall process
Working with instructional departments, IT will develop an inventory of instructional technology to review for accessibility conformance
The Curriculum Committee and/or other appropriate committees will work with faculty to include an accessibility compliance review of instructional technology in course outlines of record
The Curriculum Committee and/or other appropriate committees will work with faculty to develop a DE Addendum to document accessibility conformance of instructional technology in distance education courses
Professional Development will develop accessibility training for faculty not teaching online courses
COD is regularly evaluating efficacy of training process by assessing student experience and making program improvements.
College is surveying students to identify if they have a disability and determine if they have experienced challenges utilizing instructional materials
Retention, success, and completion are increasing annually for students with disabilities
Differences between face-to-face and online courses
Differences between information and communication technology (ICT) and printed material
Variety of instructional technology requests
Lack of centralized method to review instructional ICT for accessibility compliance
Temporary short-term resources for initial remediation of existing materials
Training for faculty creating and choosing accessible instructional materials who are not teaching online
Enforcement of creating and choosing accessible instructional materials
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