Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Is there an accessibility barrier that is unique to your subject area?

If so, we are looking for one or two subject matter experts selected from your SAC to work with Distance Education (specifically Karen Sorensen) for 1 term to investigate, document, and develop best practices specific to the online delivery of content in a specific discipline

Expectations and Outcomes of Study

Communications Studies instructor Chis Kernion said of his participation in a Subject Area Accessibility Study, "The Communication and Journalism Subject Area Accessibility Study was one of the most beneficial professional development projects I have been a part of."

Read more about Chris's experience.

The expectations and outcomes of the study include:

  • Work with Karen to develop a survey to be sent to other PCC instructors in the same subject area/discipline, to ascertain what tools and content are being used in online courses and what tools are required of students.
    • Division dean approval of survey required.
  • From research, discussions with distance learning and disability services and user testing, determine best practices for accessible content creation in subject matter specific content.
  • Document the best practices and recommendations for creating accessible content specific to subject area
    • No need to document process for accessible content development and delivery for MS Word, PowerPoint, D2L, Camtasia or YouTube which are already covered on pcc.edu/access. 
    • See Math subject area accessibility study report, ( http://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/access/math.html ) as an example.
  • Present findings to SAC faculty and Distance Learning department.
  • Produce a final report.

Selection Process

We unfortunately cannot fund an unlimited number of studies. We will prioritize applications by the subject-specific accessibility barriers identified in the application.

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