Learn how to create digitally accessible content by participating in University accessibility training opportunities.
The University provides several training programs that can help you learn digital accessibility skills.
Digital Accessibility Badging Program
The University of Minnesota is home to nearly 90,000 people. In a community of this size, not everyone accesses digital content in the same way - but every member of our community must be able to navigate and understand that content.
The Digital Accessibility Badging Program teaches you how to create emails, slide decks, documents, and more in an accessible way, without using code. In each self-paced online workshop, you will learn skills and apply them to your everyday work. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.
You will receive a digital badge for each course you complete after Digital Accessibility: Foundations. A digital badge is an image that carries metadata, validating the skills you demonstrated in a training. Digital badges are shared online through social media and other professional development platforms, such as LinkedIn.
This program is a collaboration between the Digital Accessibility Stakeholders Group, the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Information Technology, and many other University resources. It is an outcome of the Digital Accessibility Charge by Bernard Gulachek (VP & CIO) and Julie Showers (Interim Associate VP for Compliance).
You don't have to wait—start learning today!
- Enroll in Digital Accessibility: Foundations to begin your journey.
- Once you have taken Digital Accessibility: Foundations, you will be eligible for any of the other courses in the program.
- Digital Accessibility: Foundations: Learn what digital accessibility means, why it matters, and how it can be incorporated into your daily work. This course is a prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program, but it does not carry its own badge.
- Digital Accessibility: Web Content: Learn many aspects of adding content to a Google Site, with an emphasis on making the site accessible to the largest number of visitors. Learners who have created web pages using Drupal Lite 8 can also submit their work in this course in order to earn the Accessible Web Content badge. Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations
- Digital Accessibility: Slide Presentations: Learn the specific skills needed to create accessible slide presentations for live presenting and for sharing afterwards, using either PowerPoint or Google Slides. Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations
- Digital Accessibility: Documents: Create a document that is accessible to the largest possible number of readers, using either Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations
- Digital Accessibility: PDFs: Create a PDF that is accessible to the largest possible number of readers, using Adobe Acrobat DC. Prerequisites: Digital Accessibility: Foundations and Digital Accessibility: Documents.
- Digital Accessibility: Course Sites (Spring 2021)
- Digital Accessibility: Web Conferencing (Summer 2021)
Digital Literacy Project Online Modules
Any University of Minnesota student, instructor, or staff can learn about techniques for clear and simple writing and six core skills of accessible, usable communication through free online modules developed for the Digital Literacy Project by the College of Liberal Arts LATIS staff in partnership with Academic Technology Support Services.