UT launches tutorials relating to accessibility

September 30, 2011 | Features, UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

The University of Toledo’s Office of Accessibility has partnered with Atomic Learning to provide access to a timesaving resource to address adaptive software training and the creation of accessible instructional materials. UT students, faculty and staff now have access to how-to tutorials on more than 60 adaptive software programs.

“Atomic Learning tutorials are accessible to our students 24 hours a day from campus or home,” said Angela Paprocki, executive director of the UT Learning Collaborative. “Whether you’re already an avid user of adaptive technology or a novice, the Atomic Learning tutorials will assist you in answering the dreaded ‘How do I do that?’ in just a few simple clicks.”

Atomic Learning’s online training offers a library of short, easy-to-understand tutorial videos, and addresses “How do I apply that?” challenges through structured projects and workshops. Atomic Learning breaks down each application into manageable tasks, explaining each with step-by-step visual instructions. Users can view a tutorial when they have a quick question about a program they are using, or can view a series of tutorials and master an entire application.

The UT community can access this training suite by visiting the Office of Accessibility website, clicking on “adaptive software tutorials,” and logging in with their UT username and password.

“The Learning Collaborative is dedicated to providing the highest quality services to enhance and support the academic journey, and the Office of Accessibility exemplifies that dedication. The Atomic Learning tutorials are just another example of our mission in action,” Paprocki said.

“While students are and will always be our top priority, we also believe it’s important to support our faculty and staff. Therefore, we are also making the tutorials available to them. It is our hope that faculty and staff will apply the knowledge gained through the tutorials to better serve our students,” Paprocki said. “I highly recommend the Atomic Learning tutorials and encourage everyone to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain new insight. I can’t think of a better way to support students in their academic journey or to promote a culture of lifelong learning.”

Atomic Learning is an online technology training and professional development tool for educators. Founded in 2000 by a group of technology educators, it serves more than eight million individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide. Atomic Learning’s stated mission is to provide educational resources that allow educators, students and learners of all ages to embrace technology.

The Office of Accessibility supports persons with disabilities as they develop their academic and personal potential within the University community. As the bridge to integration within the University, the Office of Accessibility advocates for students’ rights; promotes awareness of disability issues; and ensures equal access to University programs, activities and facilities. The Office of Accessibility is part of the UT Learning Collaborative that works to support and enhance the academic journey.

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