Designing and Captioning Accessible On-line Courses at CUNY

Carlos Herrera, Queensborough Community College, CATS, Media Access Project Antonia Levy and Christopher Leydon, CUNY School of Professional Studies A discussion  of the design an accessible and captioned online course using Blackboard, CUNY’s learning management system. This joint presentation by Carlos Herrera, Antonia Levy, and Christopher Leydon will combine an overview of the Media Access Project’s CUNY-wide initiative to make multimedia course materials fully accessible and a progress report on recent developments in accessible online learning at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Practices, tips, and real world examples of accessible and inaccessible online course materials. Challenges to implementing accessibility goals for online, hybrid courses.   Bios Carlos Herrera is Director of the CUNY Media Accessibility Project and Manager of the CUNY Assistive Technology Services Project (CATS). As Assistant Director for Disability Services at Queensborough Community College he is responsible for approving and coordinating accommodations and other services for students with disabilities.   Antonia Levy is an East German transplant to New York, and is currently working as the Instructional Technology and Multimedia Manager at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is also finishing her dissertation in sociology at the Graduate Center. Her general academic research interests include political sociology, gender and sexuality, social movements and activism, political art, as well as visual sociology. She has taught courses on most of these topics as an adjunct at several CUNY colleges in the last few years.   Christopher Leydon is the Student Services Coordinator at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, where he oversees accommodations, assistive technology, and other aspects of disability services. He began his career in student disability services at the CUNY Graduate Center, while completing a doctorate in comparative literature and a certificate in medieval studies. He also has extensive experience teaching in the CUNY system as adjunct professor of English and comparative literature. Click here to go back