KU Talking Points - April 2014
KU has launched a new website to help faculty and staff create electronic materials that are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
The new website, content.accessibility.ku.edu, is a tool for all members of the KU community who generate content for public consumption, including faculty creating instructional materials and staff creating materials for university initiatives. The site is structured around three categories of electronic materials — documents, web, and video — and includes contact information for KU units that can help you create these materials.
As faculty and staff, we should strive to make our materials accessible to the widest possible audience, and this responsibility will become even more important as we continue to expand our online and hybrid course offerings. This new website is a powerful tool, and we encourage you to use it proactively to ensure KU materials are accessible to everyone.
The new site is the result of recommendations made to the Provost’s Office by a team of staff from various offices, including the Center for Online and Distance Learning, the Academic Achievement and Access Center, KU Information Technology, and the Director of Accessibility and ADA Education.
Family Weekend will take place September 19-21, 2014, with Band Day occurring Saturday, September 20, in conjunction with the football game versus Central Michigan.
If your school or department is planning events for Family Weekend, please send details to Wendy Bridges to post on the webpage. The Office of Public Affairs will again collaborate with SUA to host a tailgate before the football game.
Families plan early for their visits to campus, so as information becomes available, please share.
Continuing through April 19, we are focusing on how KU Works for Kansas. This theme features the many ways KU directly serves the people of the state through outreach and service projects.
Starting April 20 and continuing through May 10, we will emphasize KU's first mission, which is educating leaders. This theme aligns with the May 1 New Student Fee deadline and with the lead-up to Commencement on May 18.
Finally, beginning May 11 and continuing through May 31, we'll highlight the achievements and milestones of the academic year with the "Best of KU 2013-14."
These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU home page, on social media, through paid advertising, and in other venues. Units are encouraged to use these themes in planning their own communications efforts.
- Facebook's changing algorithms make these strategies for boosting organic engagement even more valuable.
- Find out which public affairs officer in the KU News Service covers your field with this list of PAO beats.
- Don't forget to use the #KUgrads hashtag for your Commencement-related tweets.
- Hosting a youth camp? Make sure to check out the new guidelines and procedures for youth camps to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for participants.