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March 28: Accessibility Unleashed - Online Courses and Webinars


Join the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for this webinar on accessibility in online courses and webinars.

Accessibility Unleashed: Online Courses and Webinars

Thursday, March 28, 2024

2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT

In this webinar we will share how the online course development team at the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program addresses accessibility requirements in asynchronous online courses. We will present our strategy for incorporating accessibility principles into instructional and graphic design. Additionally, we'll also talk about enhancing the accessibility of webinars and their recordings.

Cheryl Reynolds (she/her) is a writer/editor for the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM). In the last 12 years, she has designed and developed interactive online courses for pest management professionals, K–12 school staff, and home residents. She has worked with several authoring software products, as well as video and audio editing programs. Cheryl is committed to keeping up to date with current law and accessibility guidelines while incorporating these elements into course design to provide all learners with an equitable learning experience. Cheryl is also responsible for maintaining over 25 UC IPM online courses on a Learning Management System (LMS) and helping learners navigate through issues that arise. Stephanie Parreira-Zweier (she/they) has been a writer-editor for the UC IPM for almost 7 years. They develop educational and accessible resources such as online courses, videos, and written materials for agricultural audiences. They are passionate about creating equitable, justice-oriented spaces where all people, including people with disabilities, can truly thrive. Stephanie pays strong attention to accessibility in her work and continuously finds ways to ensure and improve the accessibility of UC IPM communication and educational products. Petr Kosina (he/him) is the content development supervisor at UC IPM. He studied horticulture and plant physiology and added vocational education and instructional design. With more than two decades of experience in agricultural extension projects in the Americas, Africa, and South Asia, Petr designed and developed many interactive and engaging online and in-person courses for agricultural professionals. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and fostering growth in the fields of both plant science and education.

The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) is an international association of professionals who practice in all areas of communication. ACE offers professional development and networking for individuals who extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.

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