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QM Celebrates Distance Learning Week with FREE Accessibility Webinars

National Distance Learning Week

Quality Matters (QM) celebrates National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13, 2015) with a focus on Accessibility. Hear from QM subscribers as they describe how they trained staff members to implement accessibility standards in their online courses, overcame resistance to these implementations, and how they were able to increase the accessibility of their online courses and programs. Register for one or all four free webinars led by QM subscribers who have taken the accessibility journey.

Beyond Standard 8: Universal Design and QM
Monday, November 9, 2015
Beginning at 10 AM EST

How We Overcame the Challenges of Implementing Standard 8
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Incorporating Accessibility Standards in Course Design and Materials
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Feeding Many Birds With One Piece of Bread: Process and Impact of Providing Accessible Multimedia Course Materials
Friday, November 13, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Space is limited. Register now.


Attend FREE Online Sessions at 7th Annual QM Conference

QM 7th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning, November 1 - 4, 2015, San Antonio; Join the community of people who believe quality matters

Can’t make it to San Antonio for Quality Matter’s (QM) 7th Annual Conference? You can still get your next big idea, collaborate, and discover valuable research and tools on improving learner engagement. Register for FREE webcasting of select sessions. QM is making eight sessions available through live streaming from the conference. “Seating” is limited so consider having a viewing party with your colleagues. Register today!

Monday, November 2 Presentations:

Keynote Panel: Becoming Competent in CBE: What is it and What is Driving this Growing Movement?
10:30 a.m. to noon ET

Put on Your Cultural Glasses and Jump! Transforming Regular Assignments into Active Learning Experience
12:30 to 12:55 p.m. ET

Spicing It Up! Quality Course Design for the Digital Age
2:30 to 3:20 p.m. ET

Making Sense of the Competency-Based Education Learning Management Systems Landscape
4:35 to 5:25 p.m. ET

Going Beyond Course Design: Implementing Online Delivery Standards
5:35 to 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 3 Presentations:

It’s All In the Design — The Importance of Making Courses Legally Accessible
10:15 to 11:05 a.m. ET

Our Sneaky QM Implementation: Moving Past Posting Their Syllabus Online
2:45 to 3:10 p.m. ET

Creating the Perfect Module
3:20 to 4:10 p.m. ET

September is Accessibility Month at WCET

The month of September is Accessibility Month at WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). To recognize the importance of accessibility, WCET is offering several blogs and free webcasts on accessibility issues and Best Practices:

Free 60 Minute Webcasts:

WCET’s Frontier’s Blog will also feature several blogs on accessibility:

  • Jarret Cummings, Director of Policy and External Relations, EDUCAUSE, will write a post about the new accessibility legislation that he is working on with the National Federation for the Blind.
  • Howard Kramer, Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder, will blog about the why’s of accessibility.

To learn more, visit WCET’s website.

Fall 2015 Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, technology training sessions, and certificate courses this fall. All faculty and teaching assistants, with or without previous online teaching experience, are invited to attend.

Space is limited. Register now at:
Learning Ventures Workshop Registration Form


  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • ADA Compliance and Online Courses**
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Respondus

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric**
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Getting Learners Started
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Discussions
  • Online Teaching Certificate**
  • Promoting Online Instructor Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Intermediate
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

** Sessions marked with an asterisk are part of the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program.

If you are not able to attend one of the workshops or certificate courses above, please email utlv@utoledo.edu to schedule a one-on-one or group consultation with an educational technologist or instructional designer.

If you have any questions, or encounter a problem with your registration, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419-530-8835.

OAA Offers New Accessibility Workshops

The Office of Academic Access has partnered with Learning Ventures to offer two technical training sessions related to accessibility:

How to Make Accessible PDF Documents
February 19, 2014 from 9 AM – 10 AM in Carlson Library 0500C
Learn how to properly scan a PDF document, tag a document, add alternative text to images, and more. This workshop will show participants how to create PDF documents that are accessible and readable by computer software.

How to Make Accessible Word Documents
March 12, 2014 from 9 AM – 10 AM in Carlson Library 0500C
Learn how to add headers to a page, add alternative text to images, run accessibility checker, and more. This workshop will show participants how to create Word documents that are accessible and readable by computer software.

Space is limited. To register, please visit: https://utdl.edu/DL_training/.

The Offacc Account in Your Course

In addition to receiving communication from the Office of Accessibility regarding students enrolled in a WebCT/Blackboard course that are in need of academic accommodations, instructors may also notice a student view account with the username “offacc.” This account is added for use by the Office of Accessibility to ensure that the requested academic accommodations have been made available to the student.  

This account has the same access to your course as the students who need academic accommodations (time and half for tests, e-text etc.). Adaptive release settings for tests can be properly applied to the “offacc” account as well as to the students registered in the Office of Accessibility.

Should you have any question feel free to contact UTLV@utoledo.edu or 419 530 8835.