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Top 5 Tips for Getting Colleagues to Adopt UDL in eLearning

by Patrick Loftus in Events

Need help encouraging your colleagues to start implementing universal design for learning (UDL) in the courses they teach? Dr. Thomas Tobin, author and speaker on quality in distance education, is an expert on the subject. He suggests referencing the following five-step approach…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Tips for Accommodating Invisible Disabilities in eLearning

by Emily Griffin in Video Accessibility

An estimated 96% of people with chronic medical conditions live with an illness that is invisible. Invisible disabilities can impact student performance, and that staggering stat means that invisible disabilities are more prevalent in classrooms and eLearning environments than you think. The…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why Inaccessible Video Could Cost Your Company Money (And How to Fix It)

by Emily Griffin in Video Accessibility

  Video accessibility may not be at top-of-mind for companies that publish video online, but it can have a surprising business impact. Here’s what you need to know about the potential costs of publishing inaccessible corporate videos — and, of course, how…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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3 Ways to Take Your Training Videos to the Next Level

by Emily Griffin in User Engagement

  Do you produce great video training content for employee onboarding or professional development? You’re not alone! Creating an effective video eLearning library takes a lot of effort, time, and money, so you want your videos to be the best that they…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How to Keep Employees Awake for Your eLearning Lesson

by Emily Griffin in User Engagement

  Employee training videos are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they’re an efficient way to onboard new hires or teach existing employees new skills. On the other hand, they have the potential to be, well, dull. If people fall asleep watching…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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OCR Reaches Web Accessibility Agreement with 11 Educational Institutions

by Emily Griffin in Video Accessibility

  This month, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached settlements with eleven different educational organizations facing web accessibility complaints. It was reported earlier this spring that the OCR was investigating over 350 school districts for website accessibility…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why Public Schools Need to Audit their Website for Accessibility Right Now

by Emily Griffin in Industry Trends

  When it comes to web accessibility, the prevailing attitude at most schools is “we’ll get to it when we have to.” Well, that day is coming up fast for American public schools. The websites of 350 educational institutions are being investigated…

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Updated January 4, 2018

What Happens If You Don’t Closed Caption Your Company Training Videos?

by Emily Griffin in Video Accessibility

When it comes to eLearning videos, closed captioning isn’t just a nice-to-have. It’s essential for delivering the full value of your content — and avoiding some unintended consequences. Here are five consequences of NOT adding closed captioning to your company’s training videos:…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Web Accessibility Cases in 2015 and What They Mean for the Future

by Emily Griffin in Events

2015 was a busy year for web accessibility law. Several high-profile lawsuits, settlements, and regulatory complaints contributed to mounting case law in support of making web content universally accessible to people with disabilities. These set the precedent for universities, government entities, and…

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Updated January 4, 2018

12 Questions on the Past, Present, and Future of Web Accessibility Law

by Emily Griffin in Events

Recent years have seen an uptick in disability discrimination lawsuits about web accessibility against higher education institutions, private corporations, and media companies. The trend has many seeking answers about which accessibility laws apply to them, what they need to do to comply,…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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What Happens When the DOJ Comes Knocking? UC Boulder’s Cautionary Tale

by Emily Griffin in Events

Given the flurry of web accessibility lawsuits that institutes of higher education are facing today, universities need to be nimble in resolving accessibility complaints. University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) found itself subject to investigation by the Department of Justice a few years…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How Do You Handle a Web Accessibility Complaint from the Office for Civil Rights?

by Emily Griffin in Events

What happens if your college or university is accused of disability discrimination by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights? Ask the University of Montana. They’ve been there. Janet Sedgley, Manager of Accessible Technology Services at University of Montana, tells…

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Updated February 6, 2018