Introduction to Online Course Accessibility

Scheduled at 10:30am in Standley II Lab on Monday, November 13 (2017).



  • Joseph Feria-Galicia, Accessibility Team Lead, UC Berkeley
  • Lucy Greco, Web Accessibility Evangelist, UC Berkeley
  • Yue-Ting , Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Ryan Siu, Senior Manager of Design, Development, & Accessibility, UC Berkeley

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


This workshop provides an introduction to online course accessibility. Reasons for building and maintaining accessible courses are contextualized, explained and demonstrated from both a student and an institutional perspective. Emphasis is given to the use and evaluation of features within a Learning Management System (LMS).


This workshop utilizes multiple format types including whole group lectures and demonstrations, small group discussions, and hands-on activities for individuals or groups to apply new knowledge and skills. Additionally, participants are given access to an online course where they can engage, create and evaluate online content. In this course, participants can access strategies for accessible best practices and engage pre-recorded video interviews of individuals with various disabilities emphasizing the learning objectives for this workshop. Captions and downloadable


  1. Understand the importance and impact of accessible course design and instructional media.
  2. Demonstrate basic proficiency in the creation and delivery of accessible content within a Learning Management
  3. Utilize accessible Word and PowerPoint templates in designing and disseminating accessible online course conte

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Joseph Feria-Galicia

Joe is the Accessibility Team Lead for Research Teaching and Learning at UC Berkeley. He embraces a Communities of Practice foundation and approaches online accessibility with an urgency for social justice. Joe earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Whittier College in The Cultural Contexts of Education, a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois.

Lucy Greco

Lucy Greco is the Web Accessibility Evangelist for UC Berkeley. Blind since birth, she first started using computers in 1985. Upon graduating from college, instead of continuing with her interest in literature and physical therapy, Lucy became an Accessible Technology Specialist. Since then, people have come to Lucy asking questions, such as: How can I experience email as a blind person? How can I experience using a word processor as a person with no hands? Today Lucy is teaching developers and educators to make their products more accessible so these questions don't have to be asked.


Ting is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and Assistant Professor in the teacher prep program for visual impairments at San Francisco State University. Her experience includes working with students aged birth to 65 with visual impairments, multiple disabilities, and deafblindness. Ting earned a Ph.D. in special education from UC Berkeley where her research focused on communities of practice to support TVIs' technology use. She also provides consulting support in the following areas: development of assistive and educational technologies for nonvisual learners, community education to design and deliver accessible instructional media, and TVI trainings to facilitate accessibility and technology use in the classroom.

Ryan Siu

Ryan is the Senior Manager for Design, Development, and Accessibility at the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) and is a passionate advocate for the equal access of all users. He earned his Master’s in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and has been working in Instructional Design for the past 10 years. Since 2014, he has been in a position to help guide accessible course design at UC Berkeley.