eClasses: Accessibility 102 Tools

  • Instructor: Laura Carlson
  • Description:
    • In this eClass we will start exploring how to solve access problems on sites, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and do some work! 
      • We'll discuss some tools and use the WAVE to spot barriers that prevent people from fully using our web sites. 
      • You will also have the opportunity to try out Pope Tech, if you are a Drupal user.
  • Outcomes:
    • Awareness of some accessibility tool strengths and limitations.
    • Ability to submit a page for a WAVE evaluation.
    • Ability to read a WAVE report.
    • Ability to find explanations of accessibility problems that require manual checking.
  • Target Audience: The intended audience is web designers, developers, and other technology professionals who want to learn about accessibility tools and have never used or have had trouble using the WAVE.
  • Prerequisites:
    • University of Minnesota Duluth faculty, staff or student.
    • Completion of Web Accessibility 101.
    • Basic computer skills. (Ability to use email, access the web etc.)
    • A "Graphical browser" installed (FireFox, Chrome, Mozilla, and/or Microsoft Edge, etc.) on your computer.
    • If you would like to do an optional HTML exercise: 
      • Ability to save a web page and its images to your local computer because the exercises will require you to save sample files to make corrections.
      • Experience in developing and publishing web materials.
      • A web editor.
      • Comfortable with creating web pages and editing HTML files to add or remove elements and attributes, if you would like to do an optional exercise.
      • Familiarity with and skills to use a web editor in code view or a text editor to hand code Hypertext Markup Language.
      • Willingness and ability to work with and code HTML markup. Many corrections will need to be completed in html markup.
      • Ability to upload pages to the web.
      • A web space (ie ~tilde account) where you can post assignments and the skill to do so. The Personal Web Sites page provides information on moving files to the web.
    • If you would like to do an optional Pope Tech exercise: 
      • Have been granted Pope Tech access prior to the start of class. To get access, contact the Group Manager(s) for your unit. If you do not know who your Group Manager is, email Andy Manteuffel, [email protected].
  • Time Commitment: A participant should plan to dedicate approximately four to six hours on this eClass. This will allow enough time to review the course content and readings, participate in online asynchronous discussion, and complete course activities and assignments.
  • Online Course Materials: Online resources.
  • Completion Certificate: Participants who desire evidence of successful completion of our eClasses may apply for a certificate of completion that will be mailed at the end of the term. Application can be submitted after you successfully complete the class.
  • Special Circumstances: We invite anyone who has a disability or special circumstances that might require adaptation of materials or special/different equipment to inform the instructor(s) ahead of time so that arrangements can be made.
Start DateEnd DateTimeLocationRegister
March 4March 15Any Time (eClasses are asynchronous.)Anywhere (eClasses are conducted via the web.)Register Online