Make your Course Accessible
Accessibility of online content is a key focus area for providers of online programs. Ensuring a quality learning experience for all learners – including those with a disability – can be easier than you think. Below are some resources to help you get started.
The Accessibility Committee has developed a framework for creating accessible online content. This framework will help you understand the elements of an accessible online course and provides strategies for making your online course content accessible.
Accessibility and Usability Best Practices Using the Learn LMS Editor
The Accessibility Best Practice manual for the Learn LMS [PDF] provides specific examples of accessibility and usability best practices when creating and managing online content through the Learning Managements System (LMS) editor. LMS editors are the gateways through which most content makes its way into online courses. The examples here are taken from the BlackBoard Learn LMS, but are applicable to most LMS and CMS editor interfaces.
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Online Course in Blackboard Learn
Creating Accessible Online Content, created by Drexel’s online Accessibility Committee, is a course in the BlackBoard learning management system open to all Drexel faculty. The course, which takes about 4 hours to complete, provides a comprehensive review of the subject of online accessibility. Topics include an overview of the types of disabilities students might have, principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and easy to achieve best practices that instructors can begin applying immediately in their online courses.
To request access to this course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you are granted access, login to Blackboard Learn using your Drexel credentials and you will be able to select the course.
WebAIM (webaim.org) is one of the best and most comprehensive resources on the Web for online accessibility. Here are a few articles covering important aspects of accessibility: