Initiatives in the ILC
The ILC is heavily involved in many of the initiatives regarding instructional technology at the University. Many of these involve online teaching and learning, but they can touch on other aspects of teaching and learning as well.
Universal Design for Universal Access
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with bona fide disabilities will be afforded reasonable accommodation. The Office of Student Disability Services will certify a disability and advise faculty members of reasonable accommodations. If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, please notify the instructor and provide certification from The Office of Student Disability Services, which is located at 5828 Old Shell Road, Phone 251-460-7212.
|E-Learning Accessibility Guidelines
Section 508 Standards
Section 508 Summary
|Accessibility Course Design||Student Disability Services
ILC Caption Request Form
ILC PDF Request Form
|Accessibility Workshop Schedule|
E-Learning Accessibility Resources
The organizations and groups listed below contain a variety of information, tools, and guidance for anyone interested in making web and online learning content accessible to as many students as possible.
W3C – World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards. Led by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, and CEO Jeffrey Jeffe, W3C’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.
WCAG 2.0 – Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.
Essential Components of Web Accessibility
This document shows how Web accessibility depends on several components working together and how improvements in specific components could substantially improve Web accessibility. It also shows how the WAI guidelines address these components.
WEBAIM – Web Accessibility in Mind
WebAIM has provided comprehensive web accessibility solutions since 1999. These years of experience have made WebAIM one of the leading providers of Web accessibility expertise internationally.
AHEAD Association on Higher Education and Disability
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in all areas of higher education.
CAST – Center for Applied Special Technology
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.
DO-IT – Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
DO-IT serves to increase the success of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
Dr. Palanki uses screen-capture software to demonstrate engineering problems to his online students.
Dr. Menon uses podcasts to help his students access course content.
Dr. Robinson finds that wikis help students connect in online environments.
Dr. Robinson enhances student online discussions through debates to discuss important health issues.
Dr. Epley uses iTunesU to enhance his courses.
Dr. VandeWaa outlines ways to make online lectures engaging and personal.
Dr. Webb targets his assessments to measure specific learning objectives.
Dr. Fisher uses Profcast to provide content summaries to his students.
Dr. Litchfield uses creative methods of giving feedback as a way to motivate her online students.
Dr. Aucoin uses Camtasia Studio to make lectures more engaging for his online students.
Dr. Perez-Pineda uses a teleconferencing method to provide quality instruction to multiple sections of the same course.
Dr. Lowe uses Turnitin.com to create a better writing and learning experience for his composition students.
Dr. Amare discusses effective ways to use images in online courses and gives tips for creating quality images.
Dr. Kinniburgh uses VoiceThread as an alternative to traditional threaded discussions in her online courses.All Works
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Works that have been created after 1978 are automatically under the protection of copyright law. Anything that was created prior to 1978, the copyright lasts for 75 years from the data of publication or renewal of copyright. If an individual violates the copyright of an author or creator, he or she can be prosecuted under US law. However, there are two main limitations to the US Copyright law. One can have limited uses of copyrighted materials through the paying of royalties and also through the doctrine of fair use.
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- United States Copyright Office
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You can also view the slideshow below to learn more about USA’s Course Redesign Initiative
The ILC offers access to Sloan-C’s excellent asynchronous online workshops on a variety of topics connected to online and blended learning.
For a list of workshops, CLICK HERE.
Over the last three years, the University of South Alabama has been phasing out the use of the eCollege Learning Management System (LMS), replacing it with the Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). To access the University Sakai Gateway, go to click here.
Click here to learn about three ways to become Sakai certified.
Click here for a variety of how to guides and tutorial videos related to Sakai.
Click here for updates and information about the migration from eCollege to Sakai.
Do you have Sakai related issues? Click here to visit the Sakai Helpdesk.
Sakai 101 Survey
Click here to take the survey associated with Sakai Workshop you just attended.