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OIT Offers New Web Accessibility Cohort

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to announce the creation of a new cohort option for web accessibility.

The cohort is designed for staff and faculty who want to complete the Web Tools and Remediation Micro-Certification Badge Course but have trouble finding the time or motivation to do so.

Starting July 15, participants in the cohort badge course will complete the Web Tools and Remediation Badge requirements in a flexible, online weekly format.

OIT’s web accessibility analyst, Carolyn Quintero, will guide participants through all the requirements of the badge course and will be available to answer questions as participants master web accessibility concepts.

Cohort Format and Requirements

A flexible online environment allows cohort participants to access the course materials on their own schedules and complete tasks when it works best for them.

The primary differences with the cohort are:

  1. Weekly reminders and suggestions for completing requirements
  2. Priority registration for in-person workshops
  3. One-on-one assistance

Weekly Module Topics

July 15-19: Welcome and Introductions

This week, participants will get to know their cohort and be introduced to web accessibility.

July 22-26: What is Web Accessibility?

Participants will attend the in-person workshop on web accessibility at Boise State and learn more about writing alternative text.

July 29-Aug. 2: Going Further with Web Accessibility

Participants will attend an optional in-person screen reader demonstration, explore different user personas, or complete their own research to learn more about how accessible web content benefits a variety of different users.

Aug. 5-9: Using Tools to Locate and Correct Accessibility Errors

Participants will learn more about the tools available to locate and correct web accessibility errors, including Siteimprove and various browser extensions before drafting their own accessible web page content.

Aug. 12-16: Publishing Accessible Web Content

Participants will put their new skills into practice by publishing their accessible web pages. If participants are new to WordPress, they’ll have the opportunity to attend an optional in-person workshop on WordPress Basics or receive one-on-one assistance during the WordPress Drop-In lab.

Aug. 19-23: Wrapping Up and Final Reflections

Participants will wrap up the course by reflecting on their journey and identifying key takeaways from the course.

Register for the Cohort Option

For this first pilot cohort, seats are limited to the first 20 participants.

Register for the Web Accessibility Cohort