The electronic and information technology you purchase may be right for you, but don’t forget your audiences. For example, when we purchase software designed to solicit information, collect data, test or survey audiences, we must ask if it’s accessible to both administrators and end-users.
Other examples include:
- Coursework materials, e.g., textbooks, supplemental CDs, software, online testing or practice tools, instructional videos
- Hardware, e.g., desktop computers, laptops, tablets, multimedia presentation remotes, kiosks
- Software for non-academic purposes, e.g., project management tools
GGC’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy (requires login) (APM 11.60, pg. 425) requires that electronic and information technology purchased or contracted with College funds for use by GGC employees, students and applicants (both employees and students) must be evaluated for accessibility compliance. Ask your vendors if their products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 (508).
Here’s some more help
Consult with the Office of Educational Technology, early and often, with questions about evaluating electronic and information technology purchases and contracts: Dr. Michael Powell at mpowell6.edu or 678.407.5307.