Digital Accessibility & Equity: Building Self-Paced Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

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Presented at 2:15pm in Virtual D on Thursday, November 9, 2023.



  • Luz Espanola, Accessibility Specialist, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Laura Otero, Online Education Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay

Session Details

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


In this session you will learn about CSU Monterey Bay’s Center for Academic Technologies (CAT) efforts for increasing digital accessibility awareness and competency for faculty across all disciplines. In Summer 2021, CAT launched a fully online summer institute for faculty professional development geared toward Equitable & Accessible digital content creation and remediation. This course was modified and adapted into a self-paced online professional learning course for all faculty.


At CSU Monterey Bay, we noted a marked surge in students' requests for digital, asynchronous course content. This trend, coupled with the growing prevalence of online teaching, prompted us to recognize the necessity for faculty training aimed at constructing accessible digital content. Moreover, we identified this as an avenue to imbue our content with principles of equity, in alignment with the universal design theory.

To address this, we developed a course entitled 'Accessible & Equitable Digital Content'. The objective of this course is to educate our faculty about the implications of generating accessible content and guide them on rectifying accessibility barriers across diverse platforms utilized in our university.


  1. The value of creating equity centered accessibility training for faculty.
  2. Leveraging existing infrastructure for training initiatives.
  3. Teaching technical skills can be done with humor.

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized, Universal Design for Learning

Speaker Bio(s)

Luz Espanola

Luz Española has served in a variety of roles supporting students and faculty at CSU Monterey Bay, currently, she serves as the Accessibility Specialist for the Center of Academic Technologies. Luz enjoys do it yourself home projects, Sci-Fi movies, and keeping up with her dogs.

Laura Otero

Laura Otero has over a decade of experience in the field of online education. She has worked in admissions, student support, online education administration, IT training, and staff and faculty development. She earned her B.A. at CSU Monterey Bay, her M.S. at CSU East Bay, and her Ph.D. at the University of the Cumberlands. She enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.