Your course accessibility checklist

Posted on April 13th, 2016

Jason Khurdan, department administrator in the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers University, provides a guide to help faculty members embed accessibility into online courses. The steps, which Khurdan notes do not require faculty to become experts or exert a large amount of time and effort, are outlined in four distinct phases and include a checklist of recommendations.

  • Research phase: Meet with campus experts, including IT/LMS administrators, the office of accessibility and diversity, the library, and classroom support.
  • Development phase: Include an accessibility statement in your syllabus and ensure course documents are accessible in terms of their font type, colour, and size.
  • Design phase: Pay attention to how students are able to navigate the course.
  • Implementation phase: Communicate with your students and ensure that exams are accessible.