OpenAIR: Creating an Online Mentor Based Accessibility Training Program

Session Evaluation

Class description

OpenAIR is a 30 day international competition that brings teams of web developers together to create accessible websites for non-profits. As part of the competition, teams are provided with training and mentors to help them achieve the knowledge necessary to create engaging, accessible web experiences. The competition has been expanded to now host a higher education component aimed at instructing and facilitating university and college level students.

Target Audience:

1. Training Professionals
2. Development Professionals
3. Project Management
4. Organization Advocacy Proponents


1. Engaging the Users
2. Logically Dividing Training Based on WCAG
3. Utilizing a Learning Management System
4. Mentor Facilitation
5. Engaging Higher Education Students
6. Measuring Results



May 18th, 2017


8:30 am-10:00 am

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Business Strategy


One of the greatest challenges to promoting accessibility is creating effective training programs. For OpenAIR 2016, teams of accessibility experts from around the world came together to create an accessibility centric training program that combined on-line training materials, custom written exercises and mentoring strategies centered around a fun space based game scenario. As such, we would like to invite you to come explore the training philosophies, challenges and results in creating an accessibility training program that can be adapted to your organization. The session will be interactive, so bring your questions!

Take Aways

  • Training Strategy Planning and Theory
  • Instructional Design
  • Tracking Results


Room TH 104

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