Best Practices for Online Course Accessibility
This page will introduce you to some best practices for accessible online courses and demonstrate why being proactive in thinking about accessible materials is beneficial for both the instructor and the student. Being proactive means you avoid delays in getting materials to students and decrease the need for retrofitting alternative formats of course materials at the last minute (like adding captions to prerecorded videos) once the course begins.
This video will introduce you to best practices for creating a universally accessible online course.
Video: Making Your Course Accessible for All Learners
Accessibility Quick Check
Does your course meet accessibility best practices?
- Did you provide captions with any videos (Kaltura, YouTube, etc)?
- If using audio files (podcasts, MP3, etc), did you also provide a print transcript version?
- If you created your lecture in PowerPoint, did you use the built-in accessibility checker to check/fix issues?
- Did you include descriptive text when linking to other websites? (i.e, no “Click here”)
- Are your weekly course materials easy for students to find in folders and easy to navigate?
Download the Quick Check checklist: AccessibilityQuickCheck 2016.
Not sure where to start? Run the built-in Microsoft Office Accessibility Checker to help identify and fix any potential accessibility issues in your Word, PowerPoint, or Excel documents:
How can I make my Blackboard course more accessible?
Making documents accessible
Blackboard: Accessibility Resources page
VoiceThread: Captioning your VoiceThread presentations
VoiceThread Universal: Accessing VoiceThread with a screen reader
Disability Resource Center (www.northeastern.edu/drc): Home page for the Northeastern University Disability Resource Center.
Web Accessibility in Mind (Webaim.org): One of the leading sites on web accessibility
Center for Applied Special Technology: Cast.org