Universal Accessibility

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Open Education is all about sharing knowledge freely which is why ensuring that OER is available to ALL students regardless of learning style or disability is a fundamental tenet.  Applying the principles of Universal Design in curriculum development ensures equal access for all learners.  Learn how to make your learning materials and online courses accessible while creating them and avoid the costly work of having to retrofit them.

Certain accessibility requirements must be addressed when developing OER for electronic dissemination to students.  See Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities from the Chancellor’s Office California Community Colleges.

By law, ADA Section 508, learning materials, including interfaces, images, sounds, multimedia elements, and all other forms of information, must be made available for used by anyone, regardless of disability.

Detailed information about accessibility guidelines are available at Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

See this micro-tutorial on Section 508.

A-Prompt is an accessibility evaluation and repair tool from the University of Toronto in cooperation with the Trace Center and CAST. A demonstration version is available for download. A-Prompt lists what it considers to be errors and offers a chance to correct each one.

Utah State University, Web Accessibility in Mind (Webaim) offers various “How To” information and support on creating accessible web sites. Web authors can find a Section checklist, sample HTML markup and various articles and courses on accessible web design.

Art of ALT, a series of online lessons about building accessibility into Web-based humanities content. These lessons provide information to help build Web sites whose content is available to those with disabilities.

How-tos and Demos

Learn how to make your online learning materials available to ALL students regardless of learning style or disability.

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