A Personal Look at Accessibility in Higher Education
Supporting Online Learning Students with Disabilities
- Supporting UAH students with disabilities—What can I do as a faculty member?
- Make your course accessible for all students. Recognizing and eradicating obstacles is what accessibility is all about. Accessibility of content is not only a best practice in developing online courses, but in some circumstances it has become a legal issue. It is most important that learners can access the material, so understanding the learners and thinking about potential barriers is key. You can increase the accessibility of your course by adding captions and transcripts for audio and videos and adding alternate text to your images.
- What to learn more about accessibility? View the Accessibility 101 Infographic for a quick overview.
- Use the Course Syllabus Checklist & Template to make your syllabus accessible for all students.
- Follow these quick steps to add captioning to your Panopto videos.
- View and download tips for making your classroom accessible.
- View the Accessibility in Canvas video to learn how to make your canvas course accessible to everyone.
- Learn five easy tips to make your Canvas course accessible.
- FREE Online Accessibility Training Course (self-register and self-paced) (TN Board of Regents)
- How to Design for Everyone, in 3 Steps (Fast Co Design)
- Universal Design for Learning (CAST.org)
- Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the Needs of All Students (ReadingRockets.org)
Although blindness is not the most prevalent disability for which we provide accessibility, this video gives a great perspective on the frustrations that learners with disabilities can face in trying to keep pace in an inaccessible learning environment. The video highlights why accommodation is no longer enough to ensure educational equity for all learners, and why we have professional, moral, ethical, and legal responsibilities to continue our development of awareness and accessibility to learning, in both physical and virtual learning environments.