Accessible courses and course content require a little more planning and work upfront. This website provides resources that will help faculty members and instructional designers to plan, develop, and implement course sites in ways that reduce barriers to learning and facilitate meaningful participation by all students.
To develop an accessible course, strive to use the following web resources:
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content
- Effective Practices for Making Your Course Site Accessible (PDF)
- Quality Matters at Iowa State University
- Universal Design for Learning Overview
Develop a Backup Plan
Students with a range of abilities should be able to participate in whatever learning experiences you design for your course. We recognize that inaccessible apps and technologies will make their way into classrooms, so we encourage you to think about a backup plan; how will a student with a disability have an equivalent experience if they can’t use that app?
Iowa State Resources and Support
It’s beneficial to be thinking about these things during the planning stage of your course, but you can also apply these concepts and best practices during a course redesign. Consider using these Iowa State University resources for help with your course or questions about accessibility:
- CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub
- Instructional designers/academic technologists in your college
- Digital Access Coordinator
- Student Disability Resources