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 resources:
- Participate in programs about Quality Matters (QM) via the Quality Matters at Iowa State University
- Read through the 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content website
- Download the Effective Practices for Making Your Course Site Accessible (PDF)
- Download CELT’s Universal Design Checklist for Your Online Course (PDF)
- Learn more about universal design via CELT’s Universal Design for Learning Overview
- For helpful information on academic accommodations for students in Canvas please see the How-to Guide for Student Accommodations in Canvas web guide. To view previous/current request(s) and/or to request an accessibility feature in Canvas, visit the Canvas Accessibility Feature Request webpage.
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 staff members
- Instructional designers/academic technologists in your college
- Digital Access website
- Student Accessibility Services website
- eAccessibility Initiative from Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach website