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. Ensuring accessibility of content is not only a best practice to develop an online course; in some cases it is a legal issue. Therefore it is essential that all learners can access course material. To accomplish this goal, understanding learners and removing nonessential barriers is vital. You can make your course more accessible by adding captions and transcripts for audio files and video, and by 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 while 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, ethical, and legal responsibilities to continue developing awareness of the difficulties some learners face, and increase the accessibility of lessons in response to these difficulties, in both physical and virtual learning environments.