Integrating Web 2.0 into Accessible Online Learning

With the current fiscal constraints in state government, many agencies are turning to online learning to train their employees. There are many ways to create elearning content. However, without a thoughtful approach, these ways may pose barriers for people with disabilities using assistive technology in attempting to engage the learner.

On Thursday, March 10, 2011 the NYS Forum's IT Accessibility Work Group will host "Integrating Web 2.0 into Accessible Online Learning". This session will be presented by Empire State College distance learning faculty Tom Mackey, Ph.D., Interim Dean, and Kelly Hermann, Director of Disability Services. Tom will discuss the technological environment for online learning in general, and Kelly will focus on why access is important and the things to consider when planning for accessible elearning content.

Who should attend:

  • Training professionals
  • Web developers/content providers responsible for developing or providing training to staff
  • Anyone who has used or would like to leverage Web 2.0 technologies as a method of delivering education and training to employees.

Among the topics to be covered will be:

  • Definitions
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Online Learning at Empire State College
  • Why is access important?
  • Considerations for access
  • When things don't work right - access issues



Time & Place:

  • Thursday, March 10, 2011
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (check-in at 8:30 am)
  • Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 2 & 3

This session is open at no charge to:

  • All state and local government employees
  • IT Corporate Roundtable members