Making a course accessible can feel overwhelming. But you can work through your courses in a systematic way and improve accessibility as you go. Your content filed, delivery methods, and the nature of your program will all dictate how much effort you will have to spend to get your course to “full accessibility,” but if you start with the basics, you’ll find it’s not as hard as you think to offer a class that is in line with WSU’s accessibility policies.
Face-to-face courses have some special considerations in accessibility. If you teach face-to-face, please review this article on accessibility in the face-to-face classroom.
Accessibility Basics for Digital Materials—(Getting Started)
Making your digital materials accessible often comes down to using the tools available to you in your word-processing program. Wichita State University provides free access to Microsoft Office products for faculty and staff. By using the style sheets and other tools, you will be able to create documents that are accessible using most available technologies.
- Make all PowerPoints into Accessible PDFs.
- Make all Word Documents into PDFs.
- Use multimedia with accurate captions and/or a transcript.
- Be careful using colored text.
- Provide self-describing hyperlinks (such as the links used on this page)
- Eliminate phrases like “Click here” or “Click colored/underlined text.”
- Check out why self-describing links are essential in the blog post “Four Things You Can Do TODAY to Support Accessible Design“
- Use the Article Link Creator provided by WSU Libraries to safely link to database articles.
- Make sure all important images have alt tags.
- Check out why alt tags are essential in the post “Four Things You Can Do TODAY to Support Accessible Design.”
- Step-by-step instructions on creating alt tags in PowerPoints: Including Alt Tags for Accessibility
- How-to Create Alt Tags for Images in Blackboard
- If an image is purely decorative and does not convey information, it does not need alt tags.
- Ensure navigation is clear and easy to follow
- Accessibility: Graphic Organizers and Ease of Navigation
- Mad About Organization
- Consider the use of large print when creating elements of your course
In addition to reviewing the materials above, please be sure that your course has parity.