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Digital Course Content
Creating Accessible Digital Course Content
The digital materials (text, images, video, etc.) you create and select for classes need to be accessible to individuals with disabilities, including (but not limited to) people with hearing, mobility, cognitive or visual impairments. Accessible materials benefit all students, allowing for multiple ways to access and use digital materials.
By keeping accessibility in mind when creating onine courses from the beginning, you will be successful in making accessible electronic content.
Included on this page is a basic list to check for eAccessibility in your electronic files. For a more comprehensive list, please visit our Best Practices page.
Megan Wuebker: Instructional Designer
IT@UC Center for Excellence in eLearning
"Creating accessible course materials is important because while many students choose not to disclose their need for accommodation, there are also students who aren’t even aware that they have a need. By ensuring that course materials are accessible, an inclusive learning environment is created which provides all students with the same opportunity for success."
Are you interested in looking at what an accessible syllabus looks like? Please download an example PDF file: Syllabus
Digital Course Content Accessibility Checklist
- Use headings to convey meaning and structure
- Use true lists for bulleted items
- Maintain a logical reading order in documents, tables and forms
- Use chunking for long passages
- Design clear and consistent navigation
- Use descriptive links
- Provide alternative descriptions for images
- Provide alternatives to known inaccessible technologies/applications
- Write accessible alternatives to non-text content (math and science equations, STEM materials)
- Include an “Accessibility Statement” on your syllabus
- Select and create videos with closed captions
- Provide transcriptions for audio content
- Use complete table formatting (table headers and alternative text)
- Use sufficient color contrast
- Do not rely solely on sensory information (e.g., shape, size, color, visual location, orientation, sound, etc.)
- Eliminate or limit flashing/blinking content to no more than 3 seconds
- Check for keyboard-only navigation