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Web and Digital Accessibility

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Imagine that you are a student in one of the following scenarios, taking an online course:

  • You have been blind since birth. Your instructor has scanned pages from a book as images and added them to your course site. How do you read the pages?
  • An injury you sustained in Iraq has decreased your hearing capacity to 10%. Your instructor has recorded lectures for each week of the term but provided no transcripts. How do you get the lecture material?
  • Cerebral palsy limits your motor abilities such that you can’t use a computer mouse—only keyboard controls. How do you engage in a drag-and-drop interactive game that is part of your course content?
  • Due to macular degeneration, you have lost most of your central vision and can no longer read printed material. How do you read the syllabus that your instructor provides on the course site?

Our students are diverse—often more diverse than we realize. Planning an online course successfully means that you have considered all students in your audience and worked to ensure that materials and tools are as accessible to, and usable by, everyone as possible.

This section provides tips and resource links to help ensure accessibility in your online courses.

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