The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to announce a free course to achieve a Micro-Certification for Web Accessibility, a new professional development opportunity for staff and faculty that is the first of its kind at Boise State University.
Enrollment and requirements are available through Boise State’s WebGuide site:
The course was designed and developed by Carolyn Quintero and Tammy Schmidt to document, assess, and validate accessible web design skills utilizing industry and disciplinary defined standards for Boise State’s WordPress environment via a flexible online format.
Carolyn is a Web Accessibility Analyst in OIT and has nearly a decade of experience in online education and student support, and a Masters of Arts in Technical Communications. Tammy is an Accessibility and Training Specialist OIT and has over 25 years of experience in instructional design and training, and a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Performance Technology.
Boise State’s Commitment to Web Accessibility
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web, once said, “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” (https://www.w3.org/Press/IPO-announce)
This quote encompasses the spirit in which this badge course was created. One of the major goals of this course is to recognize users who create and publish accessible, inclusive content on the web. By providing real-world experience and exercises for users to hone their basic technology skills and incorporate best practices for web design into every aspect of their process, the Web Accessibility Micro-Certification Badge Course is helping Boise State reach its goal of an inclusive web environment.
According to Boise State University Policy 8140, “The University is committed to supporting an information technology (IT) environment that is accessible to all, and in particular to individuals with disabilities.”
Since 2016, Boise State has made concerted efforts to ensure that all web content published on our public-facing sites are accessible for all users. With over 42,000 individual webpages, 57,000 image and media files, and 217,000 hyperlinks, this is no small task.
While the Office of Information Technology and Office of Communications and Marketing have collaborated to host a series of in-person training sessions on topics covering web accessibility, we realize not all staff and faculty are able to attend these sessions.
As a result, OIT has created this new professional development opportunity for web accessibility.
What People Are Saying
This course is the first of its kind at Boise State in that it is designed specifically for the needs of our web community, as well as the first University-designed professional development opportunity for faculty and staff offering a micro-certification badge.
As part of the design process, the course was tested for accessibility and usability with a variety of different stakeholder audiences.
Here’s what they had to say:
I understand the importance of making our content accessible to everyone, but I haven’t always known the best way to turn this goal into a reality. I’m excited about the micro certification badge because it offers a real-world training on how to make our accessibility efforts more effective and create a better experience for all our users. The opportunity to demonstrate professional development is a real bonus as well!James Munkres, Promotions Coordinator, School of Public Service
The Web Accessibility Badge is essential professional development. It will help ensure that our Boise State staff and faculty have the 21st century skills needed for online communication and education!Betty Miller, Online Faculty/Technology Manager, School of Nursing
Accessibility is about user experience which is crucial in my work. I can’t wait to add this training to my professional development portfolio.Kris Sansing, Director, Communications, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
I’m impressed by the diligence that has gone in to developing the first accessibility badge for Boise State. This is a great professional development opportunity for anyone who wants to show their commitment to accessibility, and to prove competence in this extremely important subject.Teri Williams, Director of Web Strategy, Office of Communications and Marketing
This new professional development opportunity is representative of the Office of Information Technology’s innovation, flexibility, and commitment to ensure access to Boise State’s web content is available to all.Max Davis-Johnson, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President