2020 Ability Summit

The 10th annual Ability Summit is moving to an all digital event! The Ability Summit brings together people with disabilities, allies, and accessibility professionals to Imagine, Build, Include, and Empower the future of disability inclusion and accessibility. And for the first time we will share content virtually!

This virtual event will be held over two days. All are encouraged to attend both days for this free virtual event.

  • Wednesday, May 27th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, PT
  • Thursday, May 28th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, PT

2020 Ability Summit will feature:

  • Keynotes from Microsoft executives and notable members of the disability community
  • Expert panels featuring exciting projects and innovations
  • Demos of the latest accessibility features in Office, Windows, Xbox, and more

To stay connected to the latest in our transformation to an all virtual event, please visit aka.ms/AbilitySummit or email our Planning Team at ability@microsoft.com.

Issues, Tools and Solutions for Web Accessibility

Guest Speakers: 
Logan Gerrity & Matthew Vitale
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

Description: This session will describe the most common technical issues individuals responsible for web content need to be aware of. It will explore the ways those technical issues can create barriers to accessibility, and describe approaches for detecting and resolving those issues.

learning outcomes: By the end of the webinar, the participant will be able to demonstrate comprehension of technical dimensions of keyboard access, alternative text, reading order, color contrast, exclusive use of color to convey information, screen flicker, and other accessibility barriers.

Making Course Materials Accessible

Join the Center for Online and Continuing Education (COCE) for a professional development session on accessible course materials in online learning. Sharing simple strategies to make your documents and PowerPoints accessible for every learner.

Participate online via WebEx
Password: spring
Presenter: Kathy Taliau

Or join us at any COCE location:

  • Boca Raton: COCE Training Lab, Building 4, Room IS-214
  • Davie: Liberal Arts Building, Room LA-203
  • Jupiter: Student Resources Building, Room SR-249


ISD | Closing the Gap

CALLING ALL INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS: Our upcoming virtual event entitled ISD | Closing the Gap is just around the corner. During this event, seasoned instructional designers will focus on methods, tips, and tricks used to help close the gap between concept and execution. Each session will last approximately 45min (including Q&A) and all sessions are expected to provide participants with practical skills, techniques, or ideas that can be used in a daily practice.

Don’t miss out on any of these AMAZING sessions, hosted by Tennessee Board of Regents, Google, Penn State World Campus, Amazon, Trivantis, Need a Story, Mayo Clinic, and Northcentral University. The event is sponsored by Trivantis and registration is FREE! Learn more by visiting us online at www.hillstockassociates.com/isdprogram

Foundations to Skyscrapers: Stages of Quality Design (Issue 17)


Our department is working on a foundational framework that will pull together various processes and guidelines faculty encounter when working on developing and implementing their courses and programs…Our faculty development will focus on these as one framework/solution. We would like to do this all within the ADDIE model. What Quality Matters (QM), Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS), pedagogy, accessibility, and/or assessment items will come up for them during each stage of the ADDIE model?


Program Framers


Dear Program Framers,

Whether working with a single course development process, or building an entire program of courses within a discipline, the task can be daunting. Including and implementing all elements for a solid foundation requires skill and knowledge. It’s like baking a cake—if one or two necessary ingredients are ADDIE is a familiar guide for course design, but we must ask ourselves - is ADDIE enough?left out, it could spell disaster for the credibility and reputation of the baker! So it is in the world of online pedagogy. Without a proper foundation of the necessary elements related to solid pedagogy and course design, the entire enterprise might crumble and take the credibility of the developers with it.

A structured approach to course and program design can minimize such potential errors. This is where ADDIE comes in to guide the process of a quality course design. Project management is implicit when referring to creating a system of courses—a disciplinary program—and the two systems parallel each other. However, we will leave that discussion for another edition. Instead, we will focus on the use of the ADDIE model (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation) in the identification of essential elements to course design within each stage. So, let’s break this down in the graphic below.

Table reflecting ADDIE stages and course design topics associated with each

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Quality: ADDIE Stages & Topics by Denise Lowe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Of course, in the Implementation stage, the faculty might find additional gaps in the alignment of outcomes, activities, and assessments. They may also find materials needing further accessibility options—this is about continual modification. The Evaluation stage provides the opportunity to revise the materials and design further to address any issues revealed, asking the question—have the goals been met?

As the graphic reflects, the issue of Quality is overarching all elements of effective course design. Since the components of quality can be both objective and subjective, every staged topic area can be viewed through a lens of quality design. The explicit content contained in each stage can obviously ebb and flow throughout the entire process as feedback and revisions continue to improve the course design and instruction.

As we continue to ask questions about effective course and program design, instructional designers will need to challenge themselves with developing skills in program management as they continue to sharpen their course design and development skills. The use of the ADDIE model is a familiar guide for course design; the skills necessary for program management may not feel the same way for many, but we must ask ourselves – Is ADDIE enough?

I’m sure there are many more tips that others in the community have found useful. What strategies do you use for effectively engaging faculty in the online course design process? Please share your thoughts with our community!

FLVC-IDN “Open Mic” Webinar

The goal of this event is to offer the IDN community members and friends a platform and forum where they can ask questions; share what they are working on; learn effective practices and experience on some critical issues or trends in the field of instructional design, instructional/learning technology, accessibility, OER, quality assurance as well as teaching and learning excellence.

WEBINAR: 2019 Trends in Video Accessibility

In this webinar, we’ll dive into the state of video accessibility in 2019. We’ll explore the most popular ways people are captioning their content – and whether they are even captioning at all. We’ll cover automatic captions, social media captioning, video accessibility trends, and so much more.

This webinar will cover:

  • Video accessibility trends
  • Captioning behaviors
  • Automatic captions – are they accessible?
  • Social media captioning
  • Where to go from here

WEBINAR: Accessibility and Social Media

Thanks to social media, social video is now a resource that companies, organizations, and people can leverage to better communicate with their followers.

But while social media is a free resource that anyone can download, not everyone can access it.

In this webinar, John Foliot, Principal Accessibility Strategist at Deque Systems, will dive you into how you can make your social media accessible to all.

This webinar will cover:

  • Best practices for creating graphics
  • How to use alt-text
  • How to create accessible videos for social media
  • The benefits of accessible social media9

Read & Write Workshop

FAU’s Center for eLearning invites you to participate in this free Professional Development sessions. They are offered to all FAU faculty and staff, and all eLearning professionals; you are our Community of Practice partners! Please join us, and tell a friend.

Read & Write’s powerful literacy software is free for everyone at FAU. This interactive workshop continues the larger discussion of accessibility in online courses and ways to help faculty, staff, and students soar in their academics.

Headset, microphone, and a quiet area are recommended for optimum virtual participation. CeL tech team will assist with technical questions.

Participate online via WebEx | Password: spring

Or join us at any CeL location. If you have a laptop and/or headset, please bring them. If not, we will do our best to provide them for you.

  • Boca Raton: CeL Training Lab, Building 4, IS-214
  • Davie: Liberal Arts Building, LA-203
  • Jupiter: Student Resources Building, SR-249