Making Accessible Media: Creating change in your school and communities 

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 3:30pm in Cotton Creek I on Wednesday, November 14.

#17610

Speaker(s)

  • Jennie Grimard, Professor, Humber College
  • Anne Zbitnew, Professor, Humber College
  • Mike Karapita, Professor, Humber College
  • Lichuan Wen, Web Developer, Humber College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Panel
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

The team behind Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media from Humber College, Toronto, Canada will discuss our experience researching, developing, building, and implementing an open access accessible online course for media makers including our inspirations, challenges, user responses and next steps.

Abstract

The creation of the Making Accessible Media online course originated with one core set of principles: the need to produce and share media content in an inclusive and equitable way. As we move toward building a more inclusive society, it is important that we make not only our media more inclusive but our thinking, as well. This course is part of an ongoing dialogue through which curriculum, teaching tools and resources continue to evolve.

Developed in consultation with Internal and External Advisory Committees, Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media is now in place to train all 4,000 + Humber School of Media Studies and Information Technology students enrolled in 38 different degree, diploma and certificate programs.

Making Accessible Media is a fully accessible online course that focuses on representation of disability, captioning, transcription, described video and live captioning, and more. http://www.humber.ca/makingaccessiblemedia/

Keypoints

  1. Teaching Media Accessibility to a large, global audience
  2. Mindfulness of accessibility and inclusion in the creation, production and evolution of media
  3. Challenges and inspirations to designing a fully accessible open access online course

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Resources, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jennie Grimard

Jennie Grimard is a professor in the School of Media Studies at Humber College. She is the lead designer and project manager for “Making Accessible Media” – a fully accessible, on-line course for Humber Students. Jennie is the corporate trainer for a variety of accessibility workshops delivered through Continuing Education at Humber College. She is also a co-investigator on a research project in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, Accessibility Toolkit: A guide to making art and performance spaces inclusive and accessible. She is an active member of Humber’s AODA Committee and an Affiliate Member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers.

Anne Zbitnew

Anne Zbitnew is a full-time Professor in the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College. She is the project lead for Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media, an accessible open source online course for Media Studies students at Humber College. Anne is the principal investigator on a research project in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, Accessibility Toolkit: A guide to making art and performance spaces inclusive and accessible and co-investigator on a research project in partnership with Among Friends Community Mental Health Program, Art in Access: Social Innovation and Community Development through Arts Education.

Mike Karapita

Professor Mike Karapita has taught Journalism at Humber College in Toronto since 2004. He graduated from Victoria College at the University of Toronto, and from Carleton University, as well, and has worked at the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Press, CTV National News (TV and digital), and the CBC (including TV, Radio, Digital and the documentary showcase The Passionate Eye).  An active commentator on social media about Politics and Journalism, Mike has spoken at conferences around the world about teaching and strategies of digital journalism. In 2016, he was honoured with Humber's Distinguished Faculty Award for his contribution to teaching and learning.

Lichuan Wen

As a Web Developer, Lichuan Wen is passionate about making improvements to e-learning experiences.  She has created various online tools, using the latest web technologies, including: Question & Answer board; a Text-to-Audio Screen Reader and a Magnifier to improve user interactivity and accessibility in Humber College’s online courses.

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