Accessible Course Design

Designing a course for accessibility includes more than just providing proper alternatives for audio and visual content. Your course and its content should be structured in a way that allows those students with cognitive, motor, or low vision impairments to fully interact with the course.

People with cognitive, motor, or low vision who must use assistive technologies to view the web, run into problems when courses have:

  • complex layouts (all)
  • poor color contrast between text and background (low vision)
  • too many links or navigation menu items (all)
  • missing or improper headings (cognitive and low vision)
  • complex data tables (cognitive and low vision)
  • no way to skip to the main content area (motor and low vision)

As you design your course and content consider the following:

  • Users are able to navigate the course completely by keyboard or mouth stick without the use of mouse.
  • Font, color, size and spacing can get in the way of your message or hinder it all together.
  • When using a color-coding system to communicate important information, there is an additional means to communicate information such as bold or italics in conjunction with color.

This Course Accessibility checklist is a guide to help ensure that your courses meet the 508 accessibility standards for the web.  The checklist includes ways to improve your courses for students who are sensory impaired.

SJC Course Accessibility Checklist

We should strive for more than accessible design; we should push for universal design!