- Use multi-media, multiple ways of communicating.
- Use web accessibility as an integral part of course design to improve learning outcomes for all students.
- Start with making syllabi, PowerPoints, and PDFs web-accessible.
Equal Access - What IPFW Offers Students!
Specialized Support for Students with Disabilities
Services for Students with Disabilities: Accessibility and accommodation for students with disabilities.
Specialized Support for Multicultural, International, and Special Interests
- Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs: Student success initiatives such as skills workshops, diversity training, mentoring, cultural heritage program.
- Office of International Education: Initial contact and programs for international students.
- Center for Women and Returning Adults: Support groups, counseling, other programs.
Specialized Support for Academic Skills and Technology
- Office of Student Affairs: Tools for college success.
- Helmke Library: Support with using the library, its databases, and research.
- Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA): Academic support, such as study skills, tutoring, writing, computer workshops.
- The Writing Center: Peer tutors to support writing skills.
- Studio M: Multimedia lab for students to use when they develop course projects.
- Information Technology Services (IT Services): Help with all aspects of computing at IPFW.
- First Year Experience: To support first-year success.
Additional IPFW Support for All Students
- Student Life: For getting involved in student life.
- Mastodon Advising Center (MAC): Getting appointments with academic advisors and guidance in majors and career choices.
- Academic Advising: Finding advisors and academic information (such as schedules, bulletins).
- Office of Student Affairs: Support for a student-focused campus environment, such as multiculturalism, service, scholarship excellence.
- Dean of Students Office: Mentoring, short-term counseling and support.
- Career Services: Assistance with on and off-campus job placement.
Computer is Not a Typewriter
- Tips on Using Styles for Your Syllabus (Same Styles for Classroom and Online)
- IPFW Model Syllabus for Classroom Courses
- IPFW Model Syllabus for an Online Course
Style Basics in Word
- Style Basics in Word (Microsoft Office)
- How to Use Microsoft Style Sets (YouTube Video, 2:06, lynda.com tutorial)
- Microsoft Word: How to Use Quick Styles (YouTube Video, 2:45, lynda.com tutorial for Microsoft Word 2011)
- Microsoft Word: How to Format Tables (YouTube Video, 2:57, lynda.com tutorial) Attractive but NOT web accessible choices - see Table Template with Quick Styles for making table web accessible.)
Descriptions of images allow screen reader devices to read aloud what a student might not see well or at all if he or she has a visual deficit. Sometimes the labels for where to place the descriptions appear as ALT TEXT (alternative text) and sometimes as ALT TAG (alternative tag). The point of the description is to be descriptive, such as "group of students in a computer lab seated in rows, with one student in the front row who is wearing glasses." Simply stating "image of student" would not convey the description.
These guidelines for design can also be adapted to other documents. PowerPoints were originally intended for large-group presentations, but have come into popular use in online learning for lecture notes or study guides. Often, it would be better to use another format for these purposes. However, when PowerPoint is used, the file needs to be web accessible, and it should be copied into an accessible PDF format for ease of viewing. For how to make PowerPoints web-accessible, go to the Resources tab.
Images for "Getting Started!" section came from these sources.
How to Create a Culturally Diverse Classroom (eHow): student in front row with glasses.
Colleges Lock Out Blind Students in Online Classes (Chronicle): student listens to recording.
Inspiring Student: Anthony Bonelli! (The Artichoke, Montreal): student with head brace at desk.
Current Business News (University of Texas): "differently abled" on chalkboard.
In Perpetuity (Shoah Foundation): student viewing video at computer.
Smartphones Assist Deaf Undergrads in the Lab (Research.gov): student uses smartphone in lab.