If one of your goals in 2021 is to learn about web and digital accessibility, or you want to expand your current knowledge, take a look at the free accessibility training sessions from Rutgers University.
While the training sessions were developed for the Rutgers University community, the general public are welcome to attend.
Note: some resources and tools will only be available to Rutgers community members.
Launching in mid-January 2021 and continuing through April 2021, the online sessions will provide you with knowledge about:
- Understanding common accessibility issues
- Including accessibility during development projects
- Manual accessibility testing
- Tools to test for website and document accessibility
What to Know About the Accessibility Training Sessions
The sessions are short, 90 minutes long, and will be taught using WebEx and Zoom. Some sessions are only offered once.
From the descriptions, the sessions are intended for:
- Anyone creating documents, website copy or content
- Instructional designers
- Visual content producers
- Anyone responsible for making or maintaining digital content
- Anyone using teleconferencing software
- Live event coordinators
- Video or multimedia producers
I didn’t find prerequisites for any session except Web Accessibility 102, which requires Web Accessibility 101.
In addition, I couldn’t find a registration deadline. My recommendation: register early.
I’ve registered for three sessions.
Accessibility Training Sessions
As of December 16, 2020, the scheduled sessions include:
- Content Accessibility 101
- Captioning 101
- Captioning 102
- Introduction to Accessibility 101
- Web Accessibility 101
- Web Accessibility 102
- Accessibility and Teleconferencing
- Introduction to Colorblindness and Low Vision
- Learning Management System (LMS) Accessibility
- PDF Accessibility
- PowerPoint Accessibility
Whether you’re a designer, developer, quality assurance tester, content strategist, manager, digital specialist, or simply interested in expanding your knowledge, these are excellent sessions to help you learn about web and digital accessibility.
I’m excited that Rutgers University is making them available for free to the general public!
Hope you’ll join me in attending some of the sessions.