6 Tips for Creating Accessible Electronic Content

By Debora A. Colbert

Universal Design for Learning – It’s the Right Thing To Do!

There are many aspects to accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that are free to implement, they just need to be learned and put into practice. It may take a little extra time to apply these techniques at first, but it will save you many hours of trying to retrofit your materials when a student requests modifications. These tips will connect you to the resources to assist in this process.

Find Your RamCT Course Materials

Ease of navigation to find your course materials in RamCT is essential for all students. Your RamCT Coordinator can help you set up one of the online templates so that students can easily access your course materials. Find your college RamCT coordinator.

Follow UDL Principles

When using PowerPoint to deliver your lecture make sure that you are following Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles:

Provide Electronic Journal Articles

To make journal articles available to your students electronically, use our Library Course Reserves resources to ensure an accessible PDF with Alternative text (ALT) tags.

Provide Notes in an Accessible Word Document

Create documents and tables with a clearly defined structure and easy navigation with an accessible Word Document tutorial.

Add Alternative Text to Images

Not all of your students can see your graphics - Add Alternative Text to Images to make your documents, PDF’s and other graphics accessible to a larger audience.

Make Sure Your Online Web Resources are Accessible

Sending students to your website for more information, please make sure that your website is accessible:

Here are some FREE Web Based Accessibility Tools

  1. WAVE is a free, web-based tool that allows anyone to quickly and effectively evaluate the accessibility of their web content
  2. View Web Content Accessibility Guidelines at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  3. View and introduction to Web Accessibility at WebAim.org

Sources:

Access Project. (2012). Creating the PowerPoint Document. Retrieved from http://accessproject.colostate.edu/udl/modules/powerpoint/mod_ppt.cfm?display=pg_2

Access Project. (2012). Module: Microsoft Word, Universally Designed. Retrieved from http://accessproject.colostate.edu/udl/modules/word/mod_word.cfm

Colorado State University Libraries. (n.d.) Course Reserves. Retrieved from http://lib.colostate.edu/reserve

RamCT Instructor Support (n.d.) Contact Support. Retrieved from http://bblhelp.ramct.colostate.edu/instructor-support.aspx

Wave Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (n.d.). Retrieved from http://wave.webaim.org/

WebAIM (n.d.) Introduction to Web Accessibility. Retrieved from http://webaim.org/intro/

W3C (n.d.) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Retrieved from http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

Contributors:

Peter Connor - TILT Web Content Writer and Editor