Creating Accessible Online Learning Materials, Focusing on Accessibility


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Welcome to Creating Accessible Online Learning Materials, Focusing on Accessibility!

ADA Accessibility Online

This course will provide an introduction to accessibility and how instructors can create accessible online course materials. The following questions will drive your learning:

  • What is accessibility?
  • Why does accessibility matter?
  • How do you make course content accessible?
  • What questions should be asked of textbook publishers?
  • How do you verify accessibility?

The ultimate learning objective for this mini-course is that you will be able to understand and apply the principles and tips of accessibility to your review and creation of online learning materials. As we work towards meeting this objective, you will create a quick reference guide on integrating accessible materials in your online instruction.

About This Course

This course is organized into two units. The first contains one lesson and the second contains two lessons. There are several modules to complete within each lesson. These modules will help build your understanding of the material. Please use the discussion tab in each lesson to post your assignments. When you click the discussion tab simply click edit to post your assignments. You can find the unit and lesson objectives below. In working towards meeting each of these objectives, you will:

  • read various articles and resources
  • watch tutorials
  • discuss pertinent questions prompted by your the instructor and your classmates.
  • reflect on your learning and the learning of your classmates
  • create a quick reference guide for other teachers

To get the most out of this course you must:

  • Read and view all required materials.
  • Actively engage in discussion and reflection.
  • Apply what you are learning in a meaningful way by sharing your new knowledge with others through your quick reference guide and your final project.

Before moving to the first lesson please read the information provided below.

This document will illustrate why this is such an important topic to understand as a course designer, developer, or on-line instructor.

Virginia IT Agency- IT Accessibility Toolkit

Examples of Inaccessible Online Learning Materials

Inaccessible Word Document

Inaccessible PDF

Comparison- Accessible and Inaccessible
Accessible or Inaccessible-Can you Hear the Difference?
Examples of Accessible Tables
Examples of Accessible and Inaccessible design
Charts and Accessibility

Lesson 1: Understanding Accessibility

Lesson 1 Objective:

Learners will develop an understanding of accessibility building on their prior knowledge and will be able to draw connections to specific legal and ethical matters pertaining to accessibility. Learners will demonstrate an understanding of accessibility, by defining accessibility and explaining how it relates to online teaching and learning. Learners will explain legalities and ethical issues in regards to accessibility, by citing references in their discussions.

Lesson 2: Applying Accessibility Practices

Lesson 2 Objective:
Learners will adopt strategies for creating accessible course materials and apply the skills learned to their own instruction. They will also build a network of resources to consult as needed. Learners will demonstrate understanding of accessibility tools and tips, by creating their own mini documents using accessibility practices.

Lesson 3: Verify and Apply Accessibility Practices.

Lesson 3 Objective:

Learners will demonstrate accessibility practices, by reviewing an existing lesson and making changes where accessibility guidelines are not met. Learners will also create a new lesson for online learners, by using the accessibility guidelines learned in the previous module.

Diversity and Disability Statement
This University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. My goal is to create learning environments that are useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or accurate assessment or achievement, I invite any student to meet with me to discuss additional strategies beyond accommodations that may be helpful to your success.