Web Accessibility training instructions

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Since 2017, Augsburg’s web accessibility training has been available online and on-demand. It is required for all website content managers. Follow these instructions to complete the training.

  1. Join the Website Content Manager Moodle Website (must be logged in to inside.augsburg.edu)
  2. Click on “Enroll Me” to join the course.
  1. Click the “Accessibility Training” section to view its contents. Here you will find the video and quiz.
  1. Watch the video (you will need to be logged into YouTube using your Augsburg account)
  2. Take the Accessibility Training Quiz.
  3. Notify me when you pass the quiz, and then I will set up your website access.

Please contact me to request an alternate accommodation for the accessibility training.

See my Accessibility page for more information about accessibility.

Accessibility video on youtube (so you can reference for the knowledge check). 

Content Manager Changes to www.augsburg.edu

This email was sent to www.augsburg.edu content managers on September 14, 2017.

You are receiving this message because you are a content manager with access to edit one or more pages on www.augsburg.edu.

Right now, all departments have access to edit their own website content. This has worked well for some departments, but not for all. Some departments want to have this access and the responsibilities that come with it, and other departments do not.

As the university is under increased scrutiny for meeting accessibility standards, more is being required of you. We will soon set up content managers with access to Siteimprove, a tool we use to monitor for website errors. Each department would be responsible for monitoring and correcting accessibility issues (and other errors such as broken links and misspellings) using this tool.

With that in mind, we have decided to offer departments the option of handing website content management responsibilities back to Marketing. This would mean your department would not have a content manager with access to edit the website. Instead, the Marketing department would take on the responsibility of accessibility compliance as well as content updates.

This option comes with several benefits for your department:

  • Marketing will work with your department to get your website into an “evergreen” state, where the content is relatively static, without the need for frequent changes. We will work with you to determine the timing of this transition.
  • Marketing will take responsibility for keeping the website content compliant with accessibility standards.
  • Marketing will contact your department annually to determine what content updates are needed. In the interim between these annual reviews, you can still use our project request form to request changes throughout the year.
  • Marketing will optimize your department’s website for search engines, so that more prospective students will find you online, but will not make any changes to content without your department’s approval.

Please contact me if your department would like to do this. Call (x1157) or email with any questions.

Please note that no department is required to give up access. It is your option to retain or relinquish the content management responsibility for your department.

If you choose to retain your access, I will be contacting you soon about setting up your department’s content manager with access to Siteimprove.

Thank you for all your work in creating the best web experience for our visitors. And again, let me know if you have any questions.

Spring (Summer?) cleaning and your website

Websites are not unlike homes. When left unattended, when not maintained, they develop clutter and slide into decay. Unlike our homes, a website is open to the public, anytime, anywhere. We do a lot of cleaning and organizing if we have people visiting our home in order to give our visitors the best impression and experience. Now imagine that every day dozens or hundreds or thousands of people you are trying to impress walk through your house. That is exactly what is happening on your website. Continue reading “Spring (Summer?) cleaning and your website”