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Training Opportunities

Accessibility Basics

Accessibility 101 is a seven-module course that covers the basics of digital accessibility, aiming to increase understanding of accessibility issues and how to resolve them. It takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. Topics include “Principles of Designing for Accessibility" and “Understanding Your Legal Requirements." Course sign-up will log you into canvas.instructure.com; if you don’t have an account, you can create one at sign-up. This course was developed by The Big Ten Academic Alliance Information Technology Accessibility Group and sponsored by AccessibleNU.

LinkedIn Learning

Northwestern University students, faculty and staff have unlimited, on-demand access to a variety of online training courses on accessibility at no cost. Follow the links of selected courses below – you will need to login with your University email/netID if you are not already logged in via single sign-on – or go to the main LinkedIn Learning page and search “accessibility” for more courses (check the Northwestern Human Resources website for the main login link).

Siteimprove Training

Watch Introduction to Siteimprove webinar (netid protected) to learn how you can utilize the Siteimprove platform to identify QA and accessibility issues. Siteimprove Academy offers free, in-depth courses on accessibility that are based on “user” type. You can access these courses under the "Help Center and Academy" section on the Siteimprove dashboard.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Course instructors can learn about guidelines and strategies for implementing Universal Design for Learning to make classes accessible to all students -- those with disabilities as well as other students who experience other challenges in courses. Learn more about Universal Design for Learning.

The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) is a Canvas learning app that enables instructors to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course. Download and install UDOIT.

Accessibility for Course Instructors

Accessibility Workshops

Teaching and Learning Technologies offers training sessions on digital content accessibility for course instructors. Topics include general accessibility concerns within Canvas courses, as well as remediation techniques for specific software programs; more detail is below. See the schedule and register for upcoming classes on Eventbrite. This workshop series is a partnership between the Media and Design Studio, AccessibleNU, and Northwestern Information Technology.