Social Media sites and Learning Management Systems rely on end-users, not web developers, to create the content at the heart of the site. How can we design our interfaces to encourage users to create usable, accessible content? Can we train our users without annoying them or driving them away? What tools can we give them to make it easier for them to create the best content? Whether we have professors using Moodle or Sakai to create coursework for students, or bloggers communicating on Diaspora, identi.ca, or Dreamwidth, we want it to be easy for our users to create content every bit as accessible and usable as we would create ourselves.
[The meat of this presentation is in the notes; visible on a slide by slide basis or in a PDF of the entire presentation, available at http://suberic.net/~deborah.kaplan/lca2014-upload.pdf . Sadly PPT-to-PDF notes view has no alt for the slides, and slideshare has no way of modifying a transcript to include off-slide text. In other words, my authoring tools got in the way of the accessibility of my content. The most accessible version is probably to download the PPT from slideshare, which hopefully maintained the image alt!]