Focus Your Efforts on Accessibility

UFIT has online resources and training to bolster the classroom experience and perfect web content so anyone with a disability or impairment can fully engage with your content.

For students with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive impairments, accessing websites or course content can be a challenge if they are not designed with these issues in mind. UFIT has several options for faculty and staff to help bridge the online accessibility gap:

1. Apply these five easy accessibility tips to improve web and social media content. The tips explain how to describe images, provide text alternatives for audio and video, select colors to use, and more to keep content accessible for everyone. There is also an up-to-date web accessibility standards page that lists what website managers should include in their page layout and style sheets to ensure a site meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. A link to a just-in-time web accessibility training is also provided on this page.

2. Register for the new SiteImprove training. The one-hour class will next be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Learn how to automate the process of identifying Electronic Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) issues on websites. The free 60-minute webinar will also explain how to run accessibility reports to pinpoint areas on a website or document that could be improved, such as broken links and misspellings.

Visit UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology & Training Request Assistance page for assistance with these accessibility options.

Improve UF Site Accessibility–Free Training

As part of the university’s year-round commitment to accessibility, UFIT is sponsoring a one-hour workshop (live webinar) on using Siteimprove. Siteimprove, available to UF colleges and administrative units via the website, is a web accessibility service that automates identifying Electronic Information Technology Accessibility issues. Siteimprove also assists in improving web accessibility (to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, A-AAA), helps monitor broken links and misspellings, and ensures that published contact information is up to date.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 10 │ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
How: Registration Link for Siteimprove 101
Details: Workshop is free to attend. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. A Zoom link will be sent to participants after they register.

Attending the Siteimprove 101 webinar is an excellent way for UF’s site admins, web managers, and web content editors to learn how to maximize their time fixing issues with the biggest impact on their site’s accessibility rating. World Usability Day is November 11, and everyone who publishes content to the web should be aware of UF’s obligation to improving site accessibility for all. Web accessibility and usability go hand in hand, so let’s ensure we are all working toward designing with usability in mind. Siteimprove is a great tool to enable this goal.

Anyone with questions about this training is welcome to contact UFIT Training.