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Training

  Overview

The Universal Design Center offers a variety of training on accessibility and universal design. Please review our training calendar for information on our current training events or look at our training by subjects to view our full list of training we offer. 

 Accessibility Modules in Canvas

Online & Self-Paced Accessibility Modules in CanvasOnline & Self-Paced Accessibility Modules are now available in the Canvas learning management system. Enter your CSUN user ID and password to self-enroll Accessibility Modules with Canvas course

  • Universal Design Principals
  • Instructional Materials
  • Web Accessibility
  • Accessibility FAQs

  Fall 2019 Training Information  

Open each accordion to see the types of training we will be offering this upcoming semester.

Please Note: our trainings will all be onsite and available to only the CSUN campus community. 

Universal Design Principals

Accessibility can be defined by whether or not a document or web application can be used effectively by people with disabilities. Accessibility strives to ensure everyone can perceive, understand, engage, navigate and interact with technology. 

Training(s) we will offer on this topic are:  


Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design 

Description:  In this introductory session you will learn about the accessibility and universal design strategies and principals necessary to create inclusive learning environments that support all students, faculty and staff alike. 

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, Executives, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, Business Analyst, Admin Support, Graphic Designers, and Instructional Support.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. Learn the difference between accessibility and universal design.
    2. Understand the foundation principals for accessibility (4).
    3. Recognize the benefits of building with accessibility in mind and incorporating universal design principals into learning material.

Training Dates:   

      • Tuesday, September 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM; Oviatt 30

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Email Accessibility 

Description:  This session is the best practices for making email content that is accessible, usable and readable so that the email can reach the highest amount of readers. Participants will learn why accessibility needs to be considered when creating emails step-by-step to ensure they are accessible.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, Executives, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, Business Analyst, Admin Support, Graphic Designers, and Instructional Support.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Step-by-Step instructions to create accessible email content. 

Training Dates:  

      • Tuesday, October 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM; Oviatt 30

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Flyers & Infographics Accessibility

Description:  Attendees will learn why accessibility needs to be considered when developing infographics/flyer and steps to be taken to ensure they are accessible. The first session is an introduction of the best practices for creating accessible infographic/flyer content using Acrobat Pro DC. PDF Tools is recommended before taking this session. The second session is an introduction to the best practices for creating and/or posting accessible infographic/flyer content through Web-One.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, Executives, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, Business Analyst, Admin Support, Graphic Designers, and Instructional Support.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the importance of creating accessible infographic/flyer content.
    2. Comprehend the best practices to implement when designing infographic/flyer.  

Training Dates:   

      • Thursday, November 14, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM; Oviatt 30

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Screen Readers 

Description: This session is an introduction to text to speech or screen reader technology and how screen readers are essential to allow users who are blind or visually impaired to access information. 

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, Executives, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, Business Analyst, Admin Support, Graphic Designers, and Instructional Support.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. Understand what a screen reader is and who uses it.
    2. Comprehend how accessibility is essential to ensure screen reader users have access to information. 
    3. Screen reader demo. 

Training Dates:   

      • Thursday, November 19, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; Oviatt 30

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Social Media Accessibility

Description: Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate over the past decade and has established a dominant presence online. As technology continues to advance social media becomes a more crucial communication tool for our everyday activities. People can connect with their family members on Facebook or reach out to hiring recruiters on LinkedIn. 

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, Executives, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, Business Analyst, Admin Support, Graphic Designers, and Instructional Support.

Learning Objectives: 

    1. The more people use social media to connect, the bigger of importance accessibility in social media becomes.

Training Dates:   

      • Tuesday, October 15, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM; Oviatt 30

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Instructional Materials & Document Accessibility

Designing accessible instructional materials including handouts, syllabus, flyers or reports allows all readers to have equal and effective access to information. Making these materials relies heavily on document accessibility techniques to ensure the development of usable, effective, and functional materials. 

Training(s) we will offer on this topic are: 


Word Essentials 

Description: This training will highlight the fundamentals of creating accessible documents using Microsoft Word 2016. Participants will learn key structural elements for creating accessible documents.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, IT Specialist, Web Developers, Web Content Creators, Graphic Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analysis, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, and Admin Support.

Learning Objectives

    1. Identify the principals of accessibility and universal design 
    2. Explain key features of accessible Word documents
    3. Evaluate documents to identify inaccessible features

Training Dates:   

      • Thursday, September 26, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, Oviatt 30

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PowerPoint Essentials  

Description: This training will highlight the fundamentals of creating accessible PowerPoint documents using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. Participants will learn key structural elements for creating accessible documents.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, IT Specialist, Web Developers, Web Content Creators, Graphic Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analysis, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, and Admin Support.

Learning Objectives

    1. Identify the principals of accessibility and universal design 
    2. Explain the key features of accessible PowerPoint documents
    3. Evaluate documents to identify inaccessible features

Training Dates:   

      • Thursday, October 3, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, Oviatt 30

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PDF Tools   

Description: This training will cover the fundamentals of creating accessible PDF documents using Acrobat Pro DC. Participants will learn key structural elements for converted Word to PDF documents.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, IT Specialist, Web Developers, Web Content Creators, Graphic Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analysis, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, and Admin Support

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand how Word PDF conversion enhances the accessibility of a PDF 
    2. Explain the key features of an accessible PDF
    3. Evaluate converted PDF to identify inaccessible features

Training Dates:   

      • Tuesday, October 22, from 10:30 AM to 12 PM, Oviatt 30

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PDF Custom Tags   

Description: This training builds on PDF Tools by focusing on tags within PDF documents and accessibility edits and improvements in Acrobat Pro DC.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, IT Specialist, Web Developers, Web Content Creators, Graphic Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analysis, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, and Admin Support

Learning Objectives

    1. Demonstrate custom tags of an accessible PDF
    2. Apply more features to verify the accessibility of a PDF

Training Dates:   

      • Tuesday, October 29, from 10:30 AM to 12 PM, Oviatt 30

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PDF Scanned & OCR   

Description: This training will cover the fundamentals of Adobe Acrobat scanned documents and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Participants will learn to utilize the scan tool to conduct an OCR document and provide selectable text. PDF Tools is recommended before taking this session.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, IT Specialist, Web Developers, Web Content Creators, Graphic Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analysis, Financial Personnel, Marketing Specialist, and Admin Support

Learning Objectives

    1. Adobe Text Recognition
    2. Correcting Recognized Text

Training Dates:   

      • Thursday, November 7, from 2 to 3 PM; Oviatt 30

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Ally for Canvas   

Description:  Ally is a service in Canvas that helps faculty make their digital course content more accessible. It provides guidance on how to improve the accessibility of content, and automatically provides students with alternate formats. 

Recommended Attendees: Faculty, instructional designers and faculty/instructional support staff 

Learning Objectives

      • Find and use Ally features within Canvas.
      • Preview document and find accessibility issues.
      • Improve accessibility with Ally’s step-by-step instructions.
      • Describe where and how to obtain additional support with accessibility.

Training Dates:    

      • Monday, September 23, from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM, Oviatt 30
      • Thursday, October 24, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM, Oviatt 30

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Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility refers to the implementation of best practices, universal design principles and criteria to comply with Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in order to eliminate barriers that prevent users who are disabled from interacting and utilizing all that is offered on a web page.  Understanding how to make web pages accessible, it is critical to ensure websites meet legal guidelines and international standards so all individuals have equal access to information. 

Training(s) we will offer on this topic are: 


Web-One Accessibility 

Description: In this training attendees will learn tips about creating accessible content using CSUN's content management system (WebOne). 

Recommended Attendees: Web Developers, Information Technology Specialist,  Web Content Creators, Faculty, Instructional Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analyst, Graphic Designers 

Learning Objectives: 

    1. Learn the accessibility features available in WebOne 
    2. Apply these features when creating web content.
    3. Demo UDC's accessible custom coding elements in WebOne

Training Dates:   

      • Wednesday, October 30, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Oviatt 30

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Accessibility Testing Tools 

Description: In this training, attendees will learn about accessibility testing tools and methods to ensure websites meet web accessibility requirements and standards.

Recommended Attendees: Web Developers, Information Technology Specialist,  Web Content Creators, Instructional Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analyst 

Learning Objectives: 

    1. Learn about testing tools and software
    2. Receive a tutorial on common testing applications and programs 
    3. Receive hands-on demonstration on testing with screen readers
    4. Overview of compliance deputy and compliance sheriff 

Training Dates:   

      • Tuesday, November 5, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM; Oviatt 30

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 Compliance Sheriff Training

Description: In this training, attendees will learn about working with Enterprise accessibility evaluation tool and generating reports. 

Recommended Attendees: Web Developers, Information Technology Specialist,  Web Content Creators, Instructional Designers, Instructional Support, Business Analyst 

Learning Objectives: 

    1. How to scans web pages for accessibility issues
    2. How to generate and modify reports 
    3. How to schedules and revise views
    4. organizing and managing scans 

Training Dates:   

      • Wednesday, November 13, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM; Oviatt 30

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Accessibility for Purchases

Accessibility for Purchases

Description: In this session, you will learn about the CSUN Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) procurement process and the University requirements for procuring Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on campus.

Recommended Attendees: Staff, Faculty, Executives, Financial Personnel, Technology Specialist, Business Analyst, Admin Support.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn what ICT is and why it is important to consider accessibility when procuring ICT.
    2. Understand the campus ATI procurement process and its various steps. 
    3. Learn about the ICT accessibility review for medium and high impact purchases.
    4. Understand the University requirements for departments who purchase ICT and vendors who provide ICT products and services.

Training Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am; Oviatt 16

 

  Training Calendar 

Screen Readers

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Oviatt Library

This session is an introduction to text to speech or screen reader technology and how screen readers are essential to allow users who are blind or visually impaired to access information.  Read more about Screen Readers

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