Full course description

Course Date:

Nov 14 - Dec 12, 2016

Duration:

4 weeks

Commitment:

3-5 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Badge

Description

This four-week intensive online course will help participants develop the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate websites, web content, and web applications for compliance with international web accessibility requirements. These requirements help ensure that people with disabilities are able to participate fully on the Web.

Topics

Module 1 An Overview of Web Accessibility
Unit 1 Aspects of Web Accessibility Auditing
Unit 2 Introduction to WCAG 2 

Module 2 Automated and Manual Testing Strategies
Unit 3 Automated Review Tools
Unit 4 Manual Testing 

Module 3 Assistive Technology and User testing
Unit 5 Assistive Technologies
Unit 6 Introduction to User Testing 

Module 4 Web Accessibility Audit Reporting
Unit 7 Web Accessibility Reporting
Unit 8 Other Accessibility Standards

Course Structure

The course is made up of an Introductory Unit, plus 4 week-long modules consisting of 2 or 3 units on related topics. Each unit has a variety of readings, hands-on activities, and a short unmarked self-test. At the end of each module is a marked Module Quiz that counts toward the final mark.

Participants should be prepared to dedicate five to eight hours per week to maximize their learning experience in the course.

Prerequisites

Though there are no prerequisites for this course, in order to make the best out of their learning experience, it is recommended that participants have:

  • Some previous familiarity with WCAG 2.0 
  • Working knowledge of HTML
  • Basic understanding of Javascript

Badge Requirement

Participants who successfully complete the four required course assessments and participate in all course activities will receive a digital badge.

Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you should be able to: 

  • Create an accessibility auditing toolkit. 
  • Identify and apply key accessibility guidelines in WCAG 2.0. 
  • Retrieve WCAG 2.0's supporting documents when needed. 
  • Employ Web-based automated accessibility checkers. 
  • Measure and/or assess Web design elements such as colour contrast, readability, and others using a range of publicly available test tools. 
  • Test for accessibility using assistive technologies such as the JAWS and ChromeVox screen readers. 
  • Apply easy manual tests to quickly assess accessibility. 
  • Select an appropriate type of Web accessibility audit and corresponding reporting strategy aimed at the audience being served. 
  • Recognize relevant accessibility guidelines, standards and specifications and integrate these into accessibility review strategies based on international requirements.

Course Instructors

Greg Gay

Greg Gay

Instructor

Greg Gay has been in the Web accessibility field since the mid 1990s as an auditor and as the lead on many research and development projects that push the boundaries of accessibility in information technology. He has been involved in e-learning just as long, with more than 20 online courses to his name. He is the originator of the ATutor and AContent open source e-learning systems started in the late 1990s, both designed to model accessibility in online learning. He teaches a variety of workshops, both technical and non-technical, evangelizing inclusive design as a best practice for building IT systems that are usable by everyone.

Igor Karasyov

Igor Karasyov

Instructor

Igor Karasyov is the web application developer for The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University. He has in-depth knowledge of Web standards and specifications, as well as extensive experience in building online applications, interactive learning objects, and websites. Over the last several years, Igor has been actively involved in promoting and implementing Web accessibility principles and practices at The Chang School.

Lars Svekis

Lars Svekis

Instructor

Lars Svekis is an innovative technology leader having worked within digital technology since the late 1990's. Experienced at providing smart digital solutions ranging in scope from small to large scale for businesses of all sizes. Guided by a strong passion for anything related to digital experiences, he has been involved with e-learning initiatives since 2002.

He has worked within multiple key areas of the users experience within digital, including web accessibility.  He enjoys improving user engagement within web applications and web sites.   He believes that building a better experience for users on the web is the key factor bringing together the multiple areas of his expertise.