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December 6, 2018

Registration Open For 2019 Online TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Programs

From Monday’s inbox…

Register Now! Accessibility Certification Program
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TxDLA Offers Popular Accessibility Certification Program in 2019:  Start Dates of January 20 and March 25

Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has made explicit the actions academic institutions should be engaged in to ensure that all students have full access to learning.

TxDLA offers a ONLINE 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions participants to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of current legal enforcement actions, resolution agreements, consent decrees and Universal Design for Learning, while equipping them with practical skills in making digital content accessible.  TxDLA has scheduled the next TWO programs:

  • January 20 – February 24, 2019
  • March 25 – May 6, 2019 (a portion of this cohort CAN be completed in-person at the TxDLA Conference, if desired and for an additional fee. There is also an ONLINE only course offered during this period as well.)

Price: $600.00 for the online only certification
OR $995 for the conference registration and certification package (March cohort only)

Certification Program Includes:

  • 31 hours of online classwork.
  • Facilitated by a Certified Accessibility Specialist, with contributions from several TxDLA specialists in accessibility.
  • Capstone project with both peer and instructor review.
  • Participants assigned to a small group for one interactive assignment during the first 10 days. Discussions must be revisited for replies and interaction throughout the duration of the course. The remainder of the course is self-paced.

Topics Include:

  • Definition of disabilities
  • The current compliance issues identified by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and US Department of Justice; WCAG 2 level standards; compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Understanding of common issues and current legal developments in the Disability Rights Movement
  • NEW! Exploring administrative issues including establishing institutional accessibility statement and policy,  processes to procure accessible resources, reducing complaints, responding to OCR complaints and investigations and establishing corrective action plans
  • Hands-on experience with online tools, software, and assistive technology to understand the definition and application of reasonable accommodations
  • Application of Universal Design for Learning and inclusive environments
  • Creation of a Capstone project demonstrating knowledge of laws, current issues in online accessibility, practical knowledge of accommodations and assistive technology

The Certification Programs will be limited to the first 20 participants.

**March 25 Optional TxDLA Conference Registration and Certification Package Includes all of the above PLUS:

  • Mon., Mar. 25 workshop from 12:30 to 4pm – attendance required in person
  • Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28 – in person sessions on accessibility (opportunity to choose from several sessions on accessibility)
  • 31 hours of online classwork, in addition to conference sessions
  • Online Portion and Monday Workshop Facilitated by a Certified Accessibility Specialist, with contributions from several TxDLA experts in accessibility
  • Capstone project with both peer and instructor review
  • March 25 – May 6 online course is open
  • Annual membership in TxDLA
  • Includes all breakout, general sessions, exhibit hall entrance – see the 2019 TxDLA Conference website for details on the conference
  • Meals included: 1st day evening reception, 2nd day breakfast & lunch, 3rd day lunch & dinner, 4th day mid-morning break

“More and more academic institutions are realizing the need to address accessibility,” states Raymond Rose, TxDLA’s Public Policy Committee Chair and President of Rose & Smith Associates. Rose, an advocate for accessibility for blended and online learning, author and frequent presenter on the issue is one of several committee members and expert presenters for the Certification Program.

“As enforcement actions, complains, and lawsuits increase, institutions have become aware of the need to improve accessibility in online education,” Rose emphasizes.

Disclaimer: Electronic Accessibility is an ever-changing craft, combining both art and science. The TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification indicates successful completion of a rigorous 5-week online accessibility training program as of the certification date. However, TxDLA does not guarantee the quality of any products produced by the certified individual, and cannot be responsible for any issues that may arise as a result of information that is received from this certification training.

Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!January 20 Course, $600

March 25 Course (online version), $600

March 25 Course PLUS TxDLA Conference Registration Package, $995

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March 2, 2015

More Networking Opportunities at TxDLA Conference

Posting on behalf of a colleague…

More Networking Opportunities at TxDLA Conference
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New “Spark Sessions” and “Talking Circles” Provide Targeted Networking Opportunities at Conference

This year TxDLA is offering two new ways to network, discuss, and collaborate with your peers:

Talking Circles: Engage with those innovating in the same space and create a collaboration for brainstorming and implementation ideas to move your institution or department forward. Or find others struggling with similar decisions and implementations, and create a network for solutions to these issues. Join the conversations! Scheduled on Thursday morning from 9-10 am.

Spark Sessions: Peruse the collection of these “spark session displays” led by individuals with cool ideas, implementation strategies, and research results. Scheduled on Wednesday afternoon from 4-5 pm.

Do you have cool ideas, implementation strategies, research results that you would like to share with your colleagues? Turn in a Spark Session proposal. You can bring your own laptop to show your design or build a poster to show a progression of your ideas and build a network of individuals who are doing the same thing.  All Spark Sessions will be setup in one meeting room and presenters will stand in their area as attendees have the opportunity to walk around to view and discuss each topic. Each presenter will be offered an easel for their poster, and/or a small table for laptop display. (No audio/visual or electrical provided).

Please submit your Spark Session using the link below before March 9:


Remember, it isn’t too late to register for the conference! Use the big “REGISTER NOW” box above to sign up today!

Value for Your Registration Fee:

Three days filled with:

Opening reception, certain meals, and evening entertainment are included in the registration fee:

  • Reception – Tuesday evening (light appetizers)
  • Breakfast – Wednesday ONLY
  • Lunch – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Dinner – Thursday
  • Conference attendees may invite guests to these events for a per-person fee for each event.

Complimentary individual TxDLA Membership and an Associate Membership in USDLA (not included with the One Day Pass)

Don’t forget about our special, indepthpre-conference workshops (additional $75 fee per session).

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the field of distance education, including administrators, business/industry professionals, corporate trainers, faculty, government agency employees, graduate students, healthcare professionals, higher education employees, K-12 educators, nonprofit staff, military employees, support staff, vocational/technical educators, and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend this year’s conference.

Also, as a corporate/business representative, there are several opportunities for participation in our conference as an exhibitor or sponsor. Please see our website for more information on exhibitor and sponsorship packages.

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October 1, 2014

2015 TxDLA Conference Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to October 12

A colleague forwarded this to me and I wanted to pass it on…

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2015 TxDLA Conference Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to October 12
2015 TxDLA Conference
April 7-10 – Dallas, Texas

Dear Raymond,
The deadline for the Call for Proposals for the 2015 TxDLA Conference, “A Concert of Collaboration”, scheduled April 7-10 in Dallas, Texas has been extended to October 12.We all appreciate musicians with outstanding individual talent and skill. Yet, any experienced musician knows that his or her performance is greatly enhanced when blended in concert with other talented musicians. Our work in the field of distance education is similar to this idea in that we all have our individual talents to contribute, but to achieve all that we are called upon to do, and to excel at it, requires collaboration with others in the field. Like musicians working together to play a concert, we as educators, trainers, support staff, administrators, technicians, and business partners must strive to discover and make the most of our opportunities to collaborate.

Playing off this theme, the 2015 TxDLA annual distance learning conference will present an impressive variety of topics and activities that promote collaboration and professional excellence in the field of distance learning including sessions on teaching strategies, hands-on training, emerging technologies, program management issues, public policy, and more.

For more information, please view the following document:

Once you review the information above, please submit your proposal through the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

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April 14, 2010

Blogging About TxDLA 2010

A few blog entries to finish the day about the Texas Distance Learning Association annual conference this past month – all courtesy of Around the

If anyone knows of other entries that discuss the recent TxDLA conference, please post them below.

February 18, 2009

[CNIE-L] Texas Distance Learning Association Conference

Oddly enough, I received this via the Canadian Network of Innovation in Education listserve.  Showed up a couple of days ago.  Anyway, note the K-12 focus.

Hello fellow distance learning advocate!

I am contacting you to personally invite you, your colleagues, members and constituents to join us for our annual distance learning conference.  I am the Texas Distance Learning Association President-Elect and 2009 Conference Chairman.

With over 800 attendees last year our conference is, arguably, one of the largest conferences, dedicated purely to distance learning, nationally and possibly internationally.  We have experts present topics in every realm of distance learning.  We have several tracks to choose from including Emerging Technologies, Instructional Design and Research to name a few.

We support constituencies in K-12, post-secondary, business, government/military & medical and, every year learn more and more about best practices within those distance learning application areas.

Our conference is being held in beautiful Corpus Christi, Texas April 6 ­ 9 with some great pre-conference workshops being held on the 6th.  We have a very special room rate set up with the Omni Towers right on the Gulf of Mexico.  They are offering an $85.00 USD room rate for up to 4 occupants.

I would appreciate your assistance in distributing information about our conference to all those you feel may have an interest.  I would like the opportunity to send you flyers and have noted the link to our conference web page.

Please contact me personally with any questions.  I look forward to speaking with you!

Robert L. (Bob) Barnes
Videoconference Network Manager
Texas Education Service Center – Region 10

(972) 348-1610 ­ Office ­ Email, Ext. 05701000106 – Videoconference

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