Overcoming professors’ skepticism about digital accessibility

Dan Smith was frustrated. A colleague had just told him he needed to make his online Introduction to Theater course more accessible, in compliance with federal law and a new mandate from the Michigan State University administration.

Smith immediately objected on two fronts: he didn’t have time, and he didn’t feel he should have to do something just because administrators demanded it.

“A lot of it is, once you’ve got a class that you’ve got the ball rolling on it … for six years, you have this expectation that the class runs itself,” Smith told “Inside Digital Learning.”

Smith’s interaction with Kate Sonka, Michigan State’s assistant director of academic technology, happened in March 2016. Two and a half years later, Smith has changed his tune. He’s reluctant to describe himself as a “champion” of accessibility among faculty members, but actions may speak louder than words.

[ Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed. ]

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