In addition to the videos on the main training page, the ARC-BC team also offers in-person workshop opportunities to educators in the British Columbia K-12 education sector. These offerings reflect ARC-BC's mandate to promote digital accessibility and the universal design of learning materials in addition to the production of digital alternate format materials on behalf of students with perceptual disabilities.
There are currently three in-person workshops that are available by request:
- ARC-BC Fundamentals
- Designing for Inclusion: Creating Accessible Educational Materials for All Learners
- WCAG 4 K-12: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Learning Content
For educational teams and communities of professional learners located in a school district, workshops can be requested through ARC-BC and/or your district's ARC-BC District Contact (DC). Contact information for DCs can be found on our Contacts page. Communities of learners located in independent schools or distance/distributed learning programs should contact the ARC-BC team directly.
For more information or to request a workshop, please contact the ARC-BC team.
Time: Approximately 45 minutes.
ARC-BC Fundamentals is a promotional presentation and program overview that aims to create interest and engagement in ARC. In addition to providing an overview to the promise and practice of alternate format material use, this presentation includes the content of the online training videos, contextualized with examples of ARC-BC materials in use in the classroom. Topics include:
- Introduction to alternate format materials
- Key terminology
- Copyright Act and appropriate use
- Title and format searching
- Downloading and sharing materials
- Requesting new titles/formats
Designing for Inclusion: Creating Accessible Educational Materials for All Learners
Time: Approximately 90 minutes.
Designing for Inclusion is an interactive workshop intended to provide content creators with the ability to produce more accessible educational materials for all learners. In this presentation, the principles of inclusive design are applied to content created in Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. Participants learn how to design content with accessibility in mind from the outset so that materials can be accessed by the greatest number of students without requiring extensive remediation of the files or highly specialized formats. Topics include:
- Using heading styles to create a navigable document
- Authoring alternative text descriptions
- Text formatting to increase readability
- Setting focus order
- Multimedia accessibility
WCAG 4 K-12: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Online Learning
Time: Approximately 45 minutes.
WCAG 4 K-12 is a response to the demand for school-based IT staff and educators using online learning platforms to learn more about web accessibility and how to create a more inclusive experience for all student users. This presentation provides an overview of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) - guidelines authored by the W3C Consortium to make web-based content more accessible for users with a wide range of access requirements. Topics include:
- Principles of inclusive design
- Legislative and policy framework for digital accessibility in BC and Canada
- Navigating the guidelines
- Success criteria and benefits to users (with examples)
- Conformance and accessibility evaluation