How to get Faculty Interested in Alt Text: Providing Purpose in UDL and Access Training

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Presented at 10:30am in Virtual Room 1 on Friday, November 19, 2021.



  • Justi Echeles, Course Development Manager / Accessibility Specialist, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Session Details

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


This session begins with lessons learned from the past three years of faculty training on accessibility and Universal Design. The focus is on finding purpose to foster faculty interest and buy-in through varied yet integrated trainings on course design, inclusivity, equitable access, and Universal Design for Learning, among others.


University faculty tend to be busy. The details and occasional technical aspects of accessibility can present barriers to creating accessible digital course content. As an accessibility and faculty development specialist, Justi will discuss lessons learned from the experience of training faculty to create course content for all learners. This session will show increased faculty investment of time and effort through initial trainings and authentic purpose created by program initiatives and the circumstances of going fully online this past year.


  1. Faculty support is improved with an integrated approach to training on accessibility and Universal Design.
  2. A varied approach to training increases faculty interest in alt text and other accessibility guidelines.
  3. Authentic purpose fosters inclusive course design.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Captioning/Transcription, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Justi Echeles

Justi Echeles supports higher education faculty in online, hybrid, and classroom learning environments. She brings her background experience as a secondary classroom teacher to her post-secondary work in online education and faculty support. Areas of focus include course design and development, equitable access, and Universal Design for Learning. She loves the city of Portland, Oregon and its surrounding lakes, rivers, trees and mountains.