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Zimbra Weekly: Accessibility

Note: This weekly post serves to answer questions submitted via InfoTech Tuesday and the K-State Zimbra website; update the K-State community with new project information; and detail Zimbra features.

Kansas State University is dedicated to providing equal opportunity and access for every student. K-State Zimbra is currently being tested to ensure accessibility for all K-Staters, including those with disabilities.

The basic mode of the K-State Zimbra web client is very accessible, said Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson, Disability Support Services. The K-State Zimbra web client offers an Ajax-based advanced mode and a pure-HTML basic mode. The pure-HTML basic mode is for those with poorer Internet connections, legacy browsers, or accessibility needs.

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Course accessibility “how to” at IDT Roundtable Oct. 24

“Quick Tips for Online Course Accessibility” will be presented by Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson and Phyllis Epps at the IDT Roundtable 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Union 212. Using Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files can be frustrating enough on their own, and making accessible content seems like just another step. This “how to” presentation will walk through each of those file formats and show how easy it is to add accessibility.  Learn these and more: Continue reading “Course accessibility “how to” at IDT Roundtable Oct. 24″

IDT Roundtable Oct. 24: Quick Tips for Online Course Accessibility

Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson and Phyllis Epps will present “Quick Tips for Online Course Accessibility” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Union 212. The online classroom is becoming more and more popular among faculty and students. It shapes the experiences of distance students and it enhances the resources of on-campus courses. Accessibility needs to be considered during the creation of new coursework. Online accessibility is just as important as campus accessibility for students with disabilities. Continue reading “IDT Roundtable Oct. 24: Quick Tips for Online Course Accessibility”

This week: Guest wireless; accessibility workshop; canceled tech showcase

Here’s what’s happening this week in IT at K-State:

  • The WEP key to access guest wireless at K-State will be removed at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, to provide easier access for visitors, vendors, and non-K-Staters.
  • Another accessibility workshop for faculty/staff is scheduled 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Hale 501.  Registration is not required.
  • The Technology Showcase (a joint TechBytes and IDT Roundtable presentation) scheduled Thursday, Sept. 25, has been canceled.   See the TechBytes series schedule for upcoming topics.

eTips Sept. 29: Using PowerPoint with Accessibility in Mind

Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson will present an eTips session on “Using PowerPoint with Accessibility in Mind” at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, desktop webinar via Wimba. This session will cover creating accessible PowerPoint slides with text, graphics, and video. This session will also discuss some common mistakes that make PowerPoint inaccessible. Ultimately, you will learn how to make an accessible PowerPoint that can withstand the test of time and still effectively communicate to all students.

eTips registration is required at least 24 hours in advance to allow time to add you to the session and ensure your workstation is configured properly to access the session.

Course-accessibility workshop popular with faculty/staff

More than 70 K-State faculty/staff attended the one-hour Course Accessibility workshop Thursday, Aug. 14, in Hale Library’s Hemisphere Room. The workshop provided a fast-paced, informative look at:

  • Policy requirements
  • Tips for PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, text images, and Word documents
  • Creating transcripts
  • Purchasing accessible third-party software
  • Resources available on campus, including the Media Development Center

To register for additional sessions, see the IT training site.

  • 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Hale 501
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in College Center Conference Room at K-State Salina

For more information, contact Disability Support Services and see the K-Access website on accessibility of online content.

Reminder: Course-accessibility workshops for faculty/staff

A Course Accessibility workshop for faculty/staff is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Hemisphere Room (Hale 501). This workshop will focus on how to make accessible mediated content including PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, text images, and Word documents. It will also cover policy requirements, creating transcripts, purchasing accessible third-party software, and resources available on campus.

To register for a workshop, go to the IT training site. Additional sessions are scheduled

  • 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Hale 501
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in College Center Conference Room at K-State Salina

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Faculty/staff: Accessibility workshops in August-September

A Course Accessibility workshop focusing on how to make mediated content accessible will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Hemisphere Room (Hale 501). The workshop will be repeated 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Hale 501 and on Sept. 30 at K-State Salina. Topics covered include:

  • Course Accessibility Standards Policy
  • Common ways to make course content accessible, specifically:
    1. Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations
    2. Converting text images into text files
    3. Adding real text to PDFs
    4. Tagging PDFs
    5. Adding styles to Word documents
    6. Creating transcripts
    7. Purchasing accessible third-party software

Resources available throughout campus will be discussed. To register for the workshop, see the IT training site.

by Rebecca Gould, Information Technology Assistance Center