Many resources are available for making your course accessible for all learners. This chart shows the resources and their specific techniques for ensuring accessibility.

Resource Technique
Video
AccessAbility: Video  Captions and Audio Transcripts
  • Include captions or transcripts
  • If hosting on YouTube, don’t rely on automatic captioning
Microsoft Word
WebAIM Accessibility  Guide for Word
  • Use heading styles (customizable)
  • Include alternative text for images
  • Avoid text boxes
  • Use descriptive hypertext language
  • Build content with the HTML text editor instead
Microsoft PowerPoint
WebAIM Accessibility Guide for PowerPoint
  • Use built-in slide layouts
  • Add alternative text to images
  • Don’t save as a web page
Microsoft Excel
AccessAbility: Excel Tips
  • Specify column headers
  • Avoid the use of blank cells, rows, or columns for formatting
PDF Documents
WebAIM: PDF Accessibility
  • Scanned items must have optical character recognition (OCR) run on them
  • Accessible Word documents will make accessible PDFs
Google Docs
Using Google Document  Headings (Greg Kraus, University IT Accessibility Coordinator, North Carolina  State University)
  • Use heading styles
  • If in a final state, export it to Word
  • Some users may not be able to edit documents
Narrated Presentations
  • Both LecShare Pro and Camtasia can be used to create accessible presentations
  • Work with the Course Design & Technology instructional design and development team to create a video!
Language
Plain Language Checklist
  • Provide organization with headings and lists where appropriate
  • Be concise; write for your audience
  • Use action verbs and active voice
Online Teaching Certification

Faculty/instructors are invited to register for a seminar that is designed to help deliver quality learning experiences for their students. Multiple dates are available!

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Online Course Workshop

This is a 4-week, 100% online workshop for UM System faculty/instructors teaching online in Fall 2020. In this workshop, you will create an online course.

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