Web Accessibility Evaluation for Non-Technical Users

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This course is for people who are new to web accessibility and are not familiar with the HTML code used to build websites. Participants will learn the basics of evaluating websites for accessibility issues based on the requirements of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.1.  The course will cover common accessibility issues like images, headings, links and forms. Some HTML coding will be discussed for students to gain a better understanding of these issues.

NOTE: This course is NOT for web, multimedia and software developers interested in learning how to build accessible websites, multimedia applications, or software. 

Any questions, please contact Lori at lorilane@ililnois.edu.


This three-part course offers three sessions progressively through:

  • Session 1 – Accessibility Impacts and Features
  • Session 2 – Testing Tools and Methodology
  • Session 3 – Reporting Issues

The overview of the three sessions illustrates how accessibility impacts users with disabilities using digital and assistive technologies. Participants will learn how to test website applications with simple testing tools and how to identify common accessibility issues in a website. They will need to pass a multiple-choice exam as part of the course activities to earn the badge.

Instructor

Lori Lane, M.Ed., CPACC
Disability Resources and Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Audience

  • Administrators and managers
  • Support staff
  • Instructional designers
  • Content editors

What you will learn

  • Accessibility impacts on users
  • Different types of testing tools
  • Common web accessibility features/issues
  • Reporting of different issues

Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the experience people with disabilities have using digital technologies, including the use of assistive technologies
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of the following tools in understanding the accessibility of a website:
    • Keyboard testing
    • Favelets
    • Bookmarklets
    • Color contrast tools
    • Caption testing
  • Evaluate a website for the following accessibility features:
    • Keyboard operation
    • Link texts
    • Headings
    • Images
    • Forms
    • Colors
    • Captioning

Student Participation

  • Interactive synchronous lecture with instructor using Blackboard Collaborate
  • Online class participation where students will visit websites and videos and view examples of accessibility errors
  • Multiple-choice exam and example websites to be provided by the instructor

Prerequisites

Accessibility 101

Students will not be given a badge until they complete this non-credit course: Accessibility 101. The information from Accessibility 101 will help students understand the concept of accessibility, different types of users, assistive technologies and standards and guidelines. This course takes about an hour to complete depending on the user’s knowledge, learning curve and schedule. Registration in this course is required to obtain student credentials to access the Accessibility 101 course. You will receive your login 3-5 days after you register (varies due to weekends or holidays).

Badging Requirements

  • Complete Accessibility 101 non-credit course (if earned, you will receive your badge for this course after completion of the Web Evaluation course)
  • Pass a multiple-choice exam