Creating an Accessible Online Course

Online learning is designed to allow students to learn at any time from anywhere. Building your course materials with accessibility in mind provides an even greater benefit by creating a learning environment that is available to all students.

This page will help you navigate through best practices for creating a universally accessible online course as well as guide you through the process of what happens when a student with a disability enrolls in your course.


Creating accessible documents

This section provides tutorials on creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Also, the Blackboard Ally page will show you how to use Blackboard’s built-in accessibility checker.


Best practices for universal accessibility in your online course

Building an online course with accessibility in mind is beneficial for all of your students– from adult students who work full-time and may be reading and watching your lectures on their commute home, students for whom English is their second language, as well as students with a disability who may need captions in order to follow along with a video lecture.


What happens when a student with a disability enrolls in your course?

This section will help demystify the process and help you to be prepared when a student presents with required accommodations. It will walk you through the support process beginning from when a student first gets approved for accommodations to ongoing support throughout the term.  Learn more about the role of the Northeastern University Disability Resource Center and how accessibility is a team effort between you as the faculty member, NU Online, and the DRC.