Launched in 2015, the EITA certification program is intended for employees and students who want to gain higher proficiency in electronic and information technology accessibility. Those who have completed four hours of advanced accessibility training are eligible to apply for EITA certification.
UM's first employee to earn the EITA Certificate is Chelsea Rayfield, academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center at Missoula College. Chelsea earned her certificate in Spring 2016. She says:
Working towards an EITA certification just made sense for me. Having a personal interest in technology and its applications in the daily work of my office, I'd already completed a number of IT Short Courses related to accessibility, so enrolling in a few more classes for the certification was a no-brainer. I believe that accessibility should be a priority to all of those who produce the electronic materials we expect our students, colleagues, or the general public to consume. One of the most important things I learned during the courses and workshops I took as part of the certification is that prioritizing accessibility benefits every single user, regardless of the individual's abilities or the type of device utilized to access the information. Even if technology is not at the forefront of his or her personal or professional interests, learning more about and understanding electronic and information technology accessibility is a responsibility every person employed at UM has; earning a credential along the way is just icing on the cake!
To be eligible for certification, you must complete 4 hours of advanced training from the areas listed below and then submit an application for an EITA certificate.
- Accessibility with Style (modifying Word styles)
- Accessible Forms Discussion
- Accessible Powerpoints
- Accessible STEM topics
- Alt tags and Images overview/discussion
- Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Creating an Accessible Syllabus
- Creating your First Accessible Moodle Supplement
- EIT Procurement
- Moodle: Accessible Course Design
- New Features in Moodle
- Online Forums in Moodle - Accessible and Interactive
- Social Media and Accessible Student Collaboration
- Testing Web Content for Accessibility
- UM Captioning Options
- Using Adobe In-Design to create accessible publications