Web Accessibility Guidelines
This page has been created to provide helpful information to assist you with developing course content that is accessible for everyone.
Web Accessibility Resources
- The National Center on Disability and Access to Education provides informative accessibility resources and articles to assist with creating accessible content using Microsoft Office and Adobe products. They also provide a handout that contains general recommendations for creating accessible content.
- WebAIM: Web Accessibility in Mind provides information, guides, tools, and other resources on how to create accessible material. They provide information on tools such as the Color Contrast Checker and the Link Contrast Checker, information on PDF accessibility, and a great automated accessibility checker.
- Visit BGSU's Accessibility Services web site for assistance and additional resources such as E-Content Course Accessibility.
- 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course is a great article found on the DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology website.
- How to Make Your Canvas Course Accessible a guide that was created to provide tips and resources on creating accessible content within Canvas.
- Designing Microsoft Office Documents to be Accessible a guide that was created to provide tips and resources on using Microsoft Office to create accessible course material.
It's very important that any videos you use for your Canvas courses are closed-captioned. Captions and or transcripts are required if you are contacted regarding a specific student with a disability enrolled in your course. This includes any of the videos that you create or find on the Internet from places such as YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Learn, and Kanopy.
TechSmith, the creators of Camtasia, wrote an article titled The New 508 Compliance Rule - What it Means for Video in Higher Ed that provides information on this rule and tips on what you can do to ensure that every video you create is accessible. The article also includes reasons captions are important to all users and provides tips on how to create them.
Below are a few resources to help you add captions to videos.
- Captioning YouTube Videos from The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) web site.
- Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions from WebAIM.
- How to Create Free Closed Captioning Text for E-Learning from the Rapid E-Learning Blog from Articulate.