• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Data-Informed Accessibility Training for Faculty

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 2:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 7  
As a large public university, we ask our faculty to fix their instructional materials. We support them with a dedicated accessibility team offering trainings each semester, Anthology's Ally within Canvas, and more. Faculty participation in these trainings has been a challenge. In this presentation, we will touch on some of the obstacles to getting more faculty trained. The team sought feedback from the faculty and made adjustments, but when the Faculty President told us he needed training in the software specific to his discipline, we had a new idea: bring our trainings to academic departments and tailor to their needs. To select the first groups, the team started gathering data: Ally scores, Canvas utilization, enrollment, and student reports to disability services. The Provost's Office sent a short survey out to all chairs and deans, asking them about their needs and what software their faculty use most. We identified a set of candidate departments for the first two semesters. We'll spend some time in this presentation on these data points, the survey, and how the first groups were chosen. The Associate Vice President for Academic Technology and the team's manager met with the selected department chairs to ascertain the needs of their departments and explore options for training, and the team began trainings. We will talk about the meetings and the trainings, what we learned, and how that is shaping our approach in future semesters.  
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Government
  • Employment & Human Resources
  • Administration & Business Support
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Faculty participation in accessibility training is a challenge. We gathered data for a targeted approach, customizing training for departments. We'll share what we looked at, the steps we took, and what we have learned from the first two semesters.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Evaluation & Remediation
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
  • Leadership & Strategy
Session Type
General Track  


  • Helen Heinrich
    California State University, Northridge
  • Kathryn Tipton
    California State University, Northridge

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