Designing Courses With Accessibility and Usability in Mind


Accessibility, Usability and Flexibility support one another and are equally essential when designing instructional materials. When learning about accessibility, it's good to have an understanding of some terms you may be unfamiliar with, like Semantic Structure and Assistive Technology, which you will find defined in the Glossary.

Use alternative text to describe images used on websites and in PDFs. [508]

Use large enough on-screen buttons for students with limited motor skills. [508]

Provide accessible links like "Skip to Main Content" and "Back to Top". [508]

Use materials and techniques that are compatible with Assistive Technology.[508], Assistive Technology Showcase Devices.

Post class outlines and notes on an accessible website. [508]
"How do you help students complete online courses?" Janet Moore, Sloan Consortium.

State ways to request special assistance and accommodations in the syllabus. [508]
ADA: Fast Facts for Faculty—Syllabus Disability Statement.