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December 6, 2018

Registration Open For 2019 Online TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Programs

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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.


Registration
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March 25 Course (online version), $600
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March 25 Course PLUS TxDLA Conference Registration Package, $995
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You are receiving this email because you opted in at www.txdla.org with the Texas Distance Learning Association.Our mailing address is:

TxDLA, Inc.

823 Congress Ave, Suite 230

AustinTX 78701

November 28, 2018

Call For Proposals Extended For 2019 TxDLA Conference

Note this extension in the call for proposals to the Texas Distance Learning Association’s conference.

2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28, Galveston, TX

Call for Proposals Extended for 2019 TxDLA Conference

The Call for Proposals has been extended to December 9, 2018 for the2019 TxDLA Conference, “Building Community” March 25-28 in Galveston, Texas.

Thriving communities are contexts for growth, development, learning, creativity, innovation, and mastery. As Educators, Trainers and Leaders, we play an integral role in building the type of community that supports the needs of the global lifelong learner, and in turn strengthens the various communities that intersect and interact with our own. At the 2019 Conference “Building Community”, we will consider the ways, means, benefits, and outcomes of intentionally fostering community in education, through collaborative relationships between organizations, and by deepening our connection to other communities  around us.

The spirit of collaboration and mutual support we have long sought to foster within TxDLA is a key building block for community, and it represents precisely the type of community needed to confront and overcome many of the greatest challenges facing our society today. Join us, as we collaborate and support one another in Building Community at this year’s conference.

Sessions will focus on:

  • Innovation & Trends in Education Technology
  • Best Practices
  • Research
  • Accessibility & Universal Design
  • System Administration, Cyber Security & Data Analytics
  • Faculty & Student Support
  • PK-12, Educational Outreach & Workforce Development
  • Administration, Leadership, & Policy

Returning this year:

  • K-12 Day: The 2019 Conference will also introduce K-12 Day on Tuesday, March 26 to focus on the K-12 classroom. An inspiring keynote will kick off the day, followed by sessions focused on distance education and technology in the K-12 classroom. This will be a great opportunity for local colleges and universities to share their dual credit opportunities with teachers and administrators in the K-12 area.
Top Reasons to Submit a Proposal

  1. Give back to the distance learning community.
  2. Discover and network with others in your field of expertise.
  3. Share your research or highlight your program/course.
  4. Get approval from your institution to attend the conference!
  5. It’s more fun to present than just attend!

Types of Proposals Needed:

  • Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues. These longer workshop sessions allow presenters to go in-depth into a topic or skill and include time for questions, discussions, and practice. The pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, March 25th.  (2 ½ hours) – Submit a Proposal Now
  • Concurrent sessions provides an opportunity for you to give interactive presentations in one or more of the conference tracks. Attendees will be seated in a classroom-style setting and will expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. (50 minutes). See below for various types of concurrent sessions. – Submit a Proposal Now

Types of Concurrent Sessions:

  • Single presenter or multiple co-presenters.  Attendees prefer high-quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged.
  • BYOD Hands-on sessions allow participants to gain experience using a specific piece of technology. Attendees will bring their own device allowing them to practice the concepts or skills you present. Presenters must communicate any special hardware or software needs within the abstract of the proposal form, so the attendees will be prepared for the session. Co-presenters are encouraged.
  • Panel discussions group together two or more experts who lead a discussion on a specific topic. You may recruit your own colleagues to form a panel if you like or suggest a panel to be formed. If the program committee sees that your proposal matches well with another, they may contact you to ask if you would be willing to join a panel session.
  • Academic papers allow for a lecture-style presentation of original quantitative or qualitative research and scholarly writings in relation to distance education practices, administration, development of courses/program, etc. TxDLA Journal authors are encouraged to submit to the conference to present publish materials and engage members in research focused discussions.

Key Costs:

  • $420 for full registration ($295 for full time students). Scholarships will be available once registration opens. Fee includes light breakfasts, full lunches and one dinner as well as 2 1/2 days of programming. **All presenters are required to pay for their registration.
  • $105/night (per diem) for single occupancy hotel with state/federal ID or $149/night for single-double for all others

Come discover the distance education adventure that explores beyond traditional learning. It’s an unforgettable experience you can’t afford to miss!

Deadline is December 9, 2018

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You are receiving this email because you opted in at www.txdla.org with the Texas Distance Learning Association.

Our mailing address is:

TxDLA, Inc.

823 Congress Ave, Suite 230

AustinTX 78701

October 31, 2018

Call For Proposals Open For 2019 TxDLA Conference

Note this call for proposals, which has historically been very K-12 friendly.

2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28, Galveston, TX

Call for Proposals Now Open for 2019 TxDLA Conference

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2019 TxDLA Conference, “Building Community” March 25-28 in Galveston, Texas.

Thriving communities are contexts for growth, development, learning, creativity, innovation, and mastery. As Educators, Trainers and Leaders, we play an integral role in building the type of community that supports the needs of the global lifelong learner, and in turn strengthens the various communities that intersect and interact with our own. At the 2019 Conference “Building Community”, we will consider the ways, means, benefits, and outcomes of intentionally fostering community in education, through collaborative relationships between organizations, and by deepening our connection to other communities  around us.

The spirit of collaboration and mutual support we have long sought to foster within TxDLA is a key building block for community, and it represents precisely the type of community needed to confront and overcome many of the greatest challenges facing our society today. Join us, as we collaborate and support one another in Building Community at this year’s conference.

Sessions will focus on:

  • Innovation & Trends in Education Technology
  • Best Practices
  • Research
  • Accessibility & Universal Design
  • System Administration, Cyber Security & Data Analytics
  • Faculty & Student Support
  • PK-12, Educational Outreach & Workforce Development
  • Administration, Leadership, & Policy

Returning this year:

  • K-12 Day: The 2019 Conference will also introduce K-12 Day on Tuesday, March 26 to focus on the K-12 classroom. An inspiring keynote will kick off the day, followed by sessions focused on distance education and technology in the K-12 classroom. This will be a great opportunity for local colleges and universities to share their dual credit opportunities with teachers and administrators in the K-12 area.
Top Reasons to Submit a Proposal

  1. Give back to the distance learning community.
  2. Discover and network with others in your field of expertise.
  3. Share your research or highlight your program/course.
  4. Get approval from your institution to attend the conference!
  5. It’s more fun to present than just attend!

Types of Proposals Needed:

  • Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues. These longer workshop sessions allow presenters to go in-depth into a topic or skill and include time for questions, discussions, and practice. The pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, March 25th.  (2 ½ hours) – Submit a Proposal Now
  • Concurrent sessions provides an opportunity for you to give interactive presentations in one or more of the conference tracks. Attendees will be seated in a classroom-style setting and will expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. (50 minutes). See below for various types of concurrent sessions. – Submit a Proposal Now

Types of Concurrent Sessions:

  • Single presenter or multiple co-presenters.  Attendees prefer high-quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged.
  • BYOD Hands-on sessions allow participants to gain experience using a specific piece of technology. Attendees will bring their own device allowing them to practice the concepts or skills you present. Presenters must communicate any special hardware or software needs within the abstract of the proposal form, so the attendees will be prepared for the session. Co-presenters are encouraged.
  • Panel discussions group together two or more experts who lead a discussion on a specific topic. You may recruit your own colleagues to form a panel if you like or suggest a panel to be formed. If the program committee sees that your proposal matches well with another, they may contact you to ask if you would be willing to join a panel session.
  • Academic papers allow for a lecture-style presentation of original quantitative or qualitative research and scholarly writings in relation to distance education practices, administration, development of courses/program, etc. TxDLA Journal authors are encouraged to submit to the conference to present publish materials and engage members in research focused discussions.

Key Costs:

  • $420 for full registration ($295 for full time students). Scholarships will be available once registration opens. Fee includes light breakfasts, full lunches and one dinner as well as 2 1/2 days of programming. **All presenters are required to pay for their registration.
  • $105/night (per diem) for single occupancy hotel with state/federal ID or $149/night for single-double for all others

Come discover the distance education adventure that explores beyond traditional learning. It’s an unforgettable experience you can’t afford to miss!

Deadline: November 19, 2018

Submit a Proposal
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Copyright © 2018 TxDLA, Inc., All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at www.txdla.org with the Texas Distance Learning Association.

Our mailing address is:

TxDLA, Inc.

823 Congress Ave, Suite 230

AustinTX 78701

September 27, 2018

Registration Open for Fall Online TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Program

Posting this on behalf of a colleague.

Register Now! Accessibility Certification Program
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Don’t Miss Out! Fall TxDLA Accessibility Certification Program Begins October 15

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. The next program is scheduled to begin October 15, with completion date of November 18, 2018.

Price: $600.00

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 Fall Certification Program will be limited to the first 20 participants. 

“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.


Registration
Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!$600 Course Fee
REGISTER for COURSE NOW
Register Now for Digital Accessibility Certification
Copyright © 2018 TxDLA, Inc., All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or are a member or former member of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA, Inc.).Our mailing address is:

TxDLA, Inc.

May 3, 2018

Invitation To Participate In Summer TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Program

Posting this on behalf of a colleague.

Register Now! Accessibility Certification Program
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Don’t Miss Out! Summer TxDLA Accessibility Certification Program Begins June 24

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 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. The next program is scheduled to begin June 24, with completion date of August 6, 2018 (One week off for July 4 week).

Price: $600.00

Certification Program Includes:

  • 31 hours of online classwork, plus a 4-hour pre-conference workshop required (virtually for online participants, in-person for conference bundle participants)
  • 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 Summer Certification Program will be limited to the first 20 participants. 

“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.


Registration
Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!

Online Only Option: $600 Course Fee
REGISTER for ONLINE ONLY COURSE NOW

Register for $600 Online Only Accessibility Certification
Copyright © 2018 TxDLA, Inc., All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or are a member or former member of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA, Inc.).

Our mailing address is:

TxDLA, Inc.

823 Congress Ave, Suite 230

AustinTX 78701

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