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College of Education Five Year Plan

MAU: College of Education

Submitted by: Dave Dai

Date: October 12, 2015

MSU Statement on Accessibility:

MSU is committed to providing accessible experiences to all students, faculty, and staff.


Statement on Accessibility by College of Education

Our mission: The College of Education at Michigan State University has a mission of Leadership, Scholarship and Service.

We prepare professionals for leadership roles in education. Teaching is central to our scholarly identity and to the way we serve the educational needs of communities. We strive to develop and implement excellent, dynamic programs for the preparation of educators.

We seek to understand, reform, and improve education. We study the processes of human learning and development. We move beyond analysis to promote educational policy reform and assist in implementation. We seek to improve the conditions of learning and teaching for everyone in a technological society. We conduct comprehensive, rigorous research that addresses the needs and problems of practice. We strengthen connections between theory and practice through partnerships with schools and communities.

We examine issues of education across the lifespan. We seek to understand how children and adults learn and develop, and how educators can best use that knowledge for the benefit of all learners. We recognize that all educators are themselves learners and we are committed to providing opportunities for their continuous professional development. We strive to sustain our college as a scholarly community for students, faculty and staff.

Accessibility The College of Education is committed to employing the principles of Universal Design and adhering to the MSU Web Accessibility Policy for all public facing core business websites and academic content required by faculty to be accessed through the MSU course management system or other required online resources.


Process and Training

  • Accessibility training for faculty and staff include hands-on workshops, department support for staff to attend university training courses, and one-on-one consulting with instructor of large enrollment undergraduate courses. Technical Interns in Education (TIEs) students, who receive training in collaboration with the College of Arts and Letters accessibility specialists, provide day-to-day support for faculty and students with web accessibility questions.
  • Training materials developed or used include handouts generated by the IT Services, resources provided by webaccess.msu.edu , and resources from other universities.
  • Web accessibility communication within the college includes email from the dean, information Q&A at faculty meeting, flyers, and small meetings with key faculty members. Our implementation plan was presented at the 2014 annual college faculty retreat. We are identifying key faculty/staff members from each department who can work with the accessibility team to bring the ideas and practices to other faculty members.
  • To identify web accessibility issues, core business sites are scanned for potential accessibility issues. In addition, web accessibility issues can be identified through RCPD, student contact with faculty, or communication with the college's web team. Once an issue is identified, college web accessibility team will follow the remediation process.
  • Accessibility awareness will be accomplished through a community of practice. MSU Web Accessibility Liaison's listserv will be used as a resource, in addition to frequent collaboration with other college's liaisons. A team approach within the college includes faculty members, staff members, and student workers to help identify and resolve web accessibility issues.

New Content

For new content, the College of Education will train faculty, graduate students, and staff members who are responsible for the content creation to follow best practices. The college has identified key administrative support professionals in each department who prepare and create content for online publication. They are encouraged to attend training courses through MSU IT Services Training Programs. The college's web accessibility liaison will monitor requests for remediation through RCPD and also monitor the report system developed for the college's online courses.

New publicly facing websites will be using the standardized design frameworks and templating, which meet the current WCAG 2.0 AA standards. New content will be integrated into websites using these standards compliant templates, either via a web developer who will validate proper content structure, or via the content writer using content management software which requires web accessibility compliant structure.


Existing Content

Websites. All publicly facing college websites under the domains (education.msu.edu and edwp.educ.msu.edu) have been inventoried and prioritized for remediation. The remediation work has already been completed on the most frequent viewed sections of the main college websites. This process is continuing throughout the remainder of the website(s) per the 5-year timeline below.

  • Core content priority by highest volume of traffic or highest recruiting need as determined by Dean of College.
  • Secondary content with priority by highest volume of traffic.
  • Historical content replaced/updated to latest standards. For the ones that are not compliant, they will be archived or removed from public visibility.

Courses. We have selected two courses (TE150 and TE 250) with large enrollment as pilot to implement accessibility best practices.

Course remediation priority is given based on:

  • High enrollment courses
  • Courses for completely online Masters programs
  • Genereal Education ("Gen Ed") courses or introductory courses
  • Courses which are prerequisites for entering a program or major
  • Courses which are required for a program or major
  • Elective courses which are repeated
  • Course or content which are only presented once

Applications. We have also inventoried all existing data applications which are currently maintained by the College Dean's office for Core College functionality. High priority for remediation will be given to applications which target students. Second priority will be given to applications which serve the largest number of staff and faculty with frequent use. For remediation, we will first modify the applications built after 2009. We will use a screen reader, perhaps Jaws or other recommended software to identify areas for improvement.

  • Spelling links out
  • Correct reading sequence
  • Easily separating foreground from background content, contrast
  • Color is not used as the only visual means of indicating a meaning
  • Keyboard operability as much as possible
  • Timeouts or user friendly message handling of timeouts

Exception process. We do not have an exception list. The goal is to make websites and applications compliant in order to use them, or retire/archive the sites that do not meet the web accessibility requirements.

Purchased or Outsourced Content

We are in the process of evaluating the accessibility of current content housed on outsourced platforms by a two-step approach. First, we work with vendors to ensure the platform itself is web accessibility compliant. Second, we work with the content owners to ensure the content is accessible. Our remediation is through training, building awareness, and providing hands-on help.

MSU Enterprise Software: MSU service providers are also working on web accessibility. If accessibility issues were found on MSU enterprise software, MSU service provider(s) will be informed so actions can be taken.


Strategic planning

Describe how your MAU will improve content or training of faculty with regards to accessibility:

Five Year Strategic Plan

Year 1 (academic year 2014-2015)

  • The college sponsored workshops in Spring 2015 on how to make a syllabus accessible and compliant
  • Two courses (TE150, TE250) were chosen to pilot compliance and serve as models for other courses. Web accessibility team provided support to these pilot courses.
  • Publicly facing college websites framework was developed and tested for compliance (education.msu.edu) in Summer 2015.
Content TypeTasks
Online Course Syllabi Workshops, pilot TE150, 250
Online Course PDF Pilot TE150, TE250
Online Course Video Pilot TE 150, TE250
College Websites Framework developed and tested for web accessibility compliance

Year 2 (academic year 2015-2016)

  • We will start the PDF compliance training for TIEs students and college support staff in Spring 2016
  • We will pilot accessibility of syllabi and PDF compliance in TE150, TE250 in Spring 2016.
  • Publicly facing college websites remediation 40% (education.msu.edu) compliant by the end of Spring 2016.
  • 25% PDF compliance for all online programs.
Content TypeTasks
Online Course Syllabi Scale-up TE150, 250
Online Course PDF PDF compliance; 25% PDF compliant for online programs
Online Course Video Start video captioning for other online programs courses
College Websites Publicly facing college sites remediation 40% completion

Year 3 (academic year 2017-2018)

  • All syllabi web accessible.
  • PDF compliant for online programs.
  • 50% PDF compliant for all courses.
  • 25% video captioning compliant for online programs.
  • 40% publicly facing college website remediation complete.
  • Begin web accessibility compliane remediation for content housed on outsourced platforms.
Content TypeTasks
Online Course Syllabi All syllabi web accessible
Online Course PDF Finish PDF compliance for online programs; 50% PDF compliance for all courses
Online Course Video 25% video captioning compliance for online programs
College Websites Publicly facing college sites remediation 75% completion
Outsourced platforms Begin remediation for publicly facing content housed on outsourced platforms

Year 4 (academic year 2018-2019)

  • 50% caption compliance for original content and third- party videos by the end of the Fall 2018 semester.
  • 75% caption compliance for original content and third- party videos by the end of the Spring 2019 semester.
Content TypeTasks
Online Course PDF PDF compliance for all courses
Online Course Video 75% video captioning compliance for online programs; 25% for all courses
College Websites Publicly facing college sites remediation complete
Outsourced platforms 50% compliant for publicly facing content housed on outsourced platforms

Year 5 (academic year 2019-2020)

  • Achieve compliance for Word, PDFs and videos.
  • Ongoing support to new course content.
  • Training and promote awareness.
Content TypeTasks
Online Course Video Captioning completion for online programs; and for all courses
Outsourced platforms Compliance for word, PDFs, videos, college publicly facing websites, and publicly facing content housed on outsourced platforms

Resource Allocation/Investment

Liaison: Dave Dai

Students: Technical Interns in Education (TIEs)


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