Faculty Development & Learning Assessment

Creating Accessible Word Documents

posted by Kim Vincent-Layton on 03/11/2010

Here is an unsolicited comment from Pam Dougherty in the HSU Advising Center: “I thought the online ‘Creating Accessible Word Documents” was an excellent course! Concise, clear, and fairly comprehensive. The graphics help a lot. I completed the course in chunks as I meet with students all day, but found it easy to pick up where I left off. I thought the exercise in making the sample document accessible was critical and useful, especially as I had no instructor present to answer my questions. I just went back to the training when I needed a reference.

This helped me to understand how people with disabilities have to navigate and search for information. I also enjoyed listening to how a screen reader reads a document…it’s so important to understand what other people have to go through! In addition, the training piece that included Instructor feedback on the document was an important part of the training because it allows the learner to practice, apply knowledge and check understanding, including areas of difficulty that need to be addressed/revisited.

The comments provided are important because I was able to go back to the document and correct it. Practice makes perfect! All in all, I find this to be a very valuable training, I’m excited about becoming proficient so that I feel confident creating my documents.”

CELT is interested in hearing about your experiences with creating accessible documents. Do you have any particular needs that may be addressed with another workshop?

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