EPD - Teaching & Learning - Theories & Principles - Accessibility
Accessibility ensures that students are able to access online course materials and learn to their fullest potential.
SummaryLike physical products, technology must incorporate universal design principles to ensure that all users are able to access it. "People who interact with technology are extraordinarily diverse, with a wide variety of characteristics and contexts. It cannot be assumed that everyone is using a traditional monitor, browser, or keyboard" (UW-Madison IT, 2016). For more on Universal Design, see EPD - Teaching & Learning - Theories & Principles - Universal Design.
ApplicationAs instructional designers and instructors at EPD, we aim to:
- Create accessible documents
- Create accessible video and audio content
- Create accessible online course materials, including the Learning Management System (Canvas)
- Present accessibly, both in-person and online
- Make It Accessible Guide (website, UW KnowledgeBase)
- Accessibility & Usability (website, UW KnowledgeBase)
- Accessibility Checklist for Content Creators (website, UW KnowledgeBase)
- Roadmap to Web Accessibility in Higher Education (PDF, 3PlayMedia)
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content (webinar, 3PlayMedia)
- Accessibility Compliance: Creating and Selecting Accessible Course Materials (Google spreadsheet, UW)