In this digital age of disruptive technologies, we have access to an exorbitant amount of information and subsequently learning opportunities. We share knowledge, create resources, give feedback and so much more. But, not everyone is able to access these learning opportunities for a number of reasons - whether it be physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations or disabilities.
We strive to help people learn and so empowering them to have access to the same learning opportunities is what making learning accessible all about. We’ve invited John Rochford, Accessibility Expert and Program Director and Ranjana Verma, Learning Management Systems Administrator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for a two-part webinar series July 10th and 17th at 10 am PT to share their expertise on Accessible Learning.
The first part of the series will provide a/an:
- Overview of Accessible Learning;
- Breakdown of the guidelines behind a successful Accessible Learning program strategy with focus on the World Wide Web Consortium and its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines;
- Context behind the importance of Accessible Learning and how organizations, like yours, can be more aware and how to take the first steps;
- Introduction to making digital technology more usable by everyone, including people with disabilities; and
- Explanation about why both public and private Websites must be usable by people with disabilities.
The second part of the series will be focusing on the implementation portion of Accessible Learning using Moodle. Ranjana will be taking a lead on demonstrating a step by step guide to build the foundational pieces of an Accessible Learning program. Stay tuned for more details on the agenda.
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Learning Management Systems Administrator at the UMASSMedical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
Ranjana has worked at UMMS in a variety of technical positions. During her tenure, Ranjana has leveraged her expertise in instructional technology and multimedia content to fulfill a number of critical roles both for UMMS and for external clients. In her current role, she is primarily responsible for the learning management system of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs. Her other responsibilities include technical trainings in Moodle software and collaborating with subject matter experts to develop Web-based coursework for clients.
Stewart is an experienced product management professional with over 15 years in technology product management. At Lambda Solutions he leads the product development of next generation solutions for learning and talent management. His approach is to engage customers throughout the development process using instantaneous feedback to ensure solutions exceed expectations.
At Lambda Solutions, Erin works closely with clients from first login to launch, ensuring that they have maximized the features in their LMS for business success. She is passionate about providing inspired learning, finding the best solutions for your LMS configuration needs, and, most importantly, seeing clients succeed.
John has been developing accessible Websites and online courses since the early 1990s. John’s research focuses on artificial intelligence based Web text simplification. John is the Director of the INDEX Program. It provides information about professionals, programs, and services for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. See www.DisabilityInfo.org. INDEX also builds Websites and online courses that are easy to use by everyone, including people with disabilities. John is a faculty member of UMassMedical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, a research, education, and service center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. John is an Invited Expert for the World Wide Web Consortium’s Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; Cognitive Accessibility Task Force; Low Vision Accessibility Task Force; and Silver Community Group.
Leah Chang is an instructional designer, entrepreneur and founder of Leah Chang Learning, a consultancy of savvy learning technologists and learning designers. Having been in the “learning trenches” as a learning business partner developing employee-facing learning, client education and non-profit learning projects, she is intimately familiar with the challenges instructional designers face. She’s adept at chunking large concepts and projects into realistic parts and supporting change and digital adoption at the organizational