Accessibility and Universal Design
Certain accessibility requirements must be addressed when developing learning materials for electronic dissemination to students. Online education courses, resources and materials must be designed and delivered in such a way that the level of communication and course-taking experience is the same for students with or without disabilities.
The most common accessibility compliance issues can be avoided by only using websites for instruction that
- provide text-equivalents for non-text content (including pictures and audio)
- use foreground and background colors that contrast sufficiently
- provide captioning for videos
- structure large blocks of information into more manageable groups
- clearly identify the target of each link (do NOT use "click here")
- avoid animation
Universal Design for Learning
- UDL: A Concise Introduction (HTML | PDF)
- How Do You Teach? A UDL Checklist (DOCX | PDF)
Websites and Etudes
*** Warning ***
These sites are not accessible! Do not reference them and do not use them to create content.
All images and photos must have alternate text.
Tables and Flash
- Use Headers, shorter 3-5 sentence paragraphs, simple and communicative visuals
- Use “bold” and “italics” sparingly
Color and Contrast
- Only use color to convey meaning if you provide a written explanation
- Use high contrast for text against the background
Captioning of Videos and Audio Recordings
All required instructional video for online and hybrid courses MUST be captioned and audio must be transcribed.
Tutorials and Training
Accessibility Compliance Basics
Atomic Learning Tutorials
Create Accessible Learning Material
Learn how to make your online course and learning materials available to ALL students regardless of learning style or disability and then get assistance from staff.
State-funded grants are available to get professional captioning and transcription for video or audio content that you have created for your online and/or hybrid courses. In order to apply for funding please send the following to Online Learning:
- Your name and contact info
- Course Number, Section and Title of course that will contain the video or audio (must be fully online or hybrid course)
- Quarter that you will use the video or audio: Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015
- Total number of minutes of the video or audio
- Type of media: video or audio
Verification of Accessibility Compliance Tools
- WAVE - Submit a URL for Accessibility Verification and get a detailed report
- Achecker - Submit a URL to test accessibility and conformity to various international accessibility standards
- Contrast Checker - Verify foreground and background colors provide enough contrast
Evaluating Document Accessibility
- My Web My Way - Tips for students about how to make the web easier to use