Providing accessible instructional materials for your classes is for the benefit of all students as accessibility removes the barriers students may face from obtaining the information you provide as an instructor. Making your instructional materials accessible allows assistive technology (such as a screen-reading software) to read aloud the content for users who cannot see the content. Screen-reading software is commonly used by people with visual impairments and sometimes those with learning disabilities.
Designing for Online Accessibility
Another term for accessibility is universal design, and is the principle that any document or tool can be accessed by any user regardless of the device (e.g. visual browser, screen reader, mobile device) he or she is using.
- Universal Design and Accessibility.
- Universal Design for Learning.
- Difference between accessible, usable, and universal design.
- Accessibility vs. Usability vs. W3C Web “Standards”.
- Myths of Web Accessibility.
- Accessibility for Everyone.
Get Basic Help with Your Content
Download copies of the Online Accessibility Quick Guide or Accessibility Handbook. This will give you basic steps that will be helpful to get started.
Who’s Responsible for Accessibility
Accessibility is a shared responsibility. This chart shows who’s responsible for accessibility of online content based on roles. What roles do the instructor, Disability Support Services, and Educational Media Technologies play in making a course accessible? Let’s work together to make sure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals! Here is an Accessibility Guide to help you get started.
Ask your publisher about accessibility
Online materials provided by your publisher must also be accessible. If the materials are not accessible, you as the instructor will need to provide an accessible, equally effective learning experience option for each inaccessible one. Please ask your publisher’s these questions before adopting their online tools and materials. Questions you should always ask your Publisher.