Over the past twenty years, we have seen amazing growth in the number of fully online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. With an increase in flexible course options, access to education to students has expanded across the globe. But how can instructors and institutions make online courses accessible to students with disabilities?
The Office of eLearning and Innovation has been collaborating with the Access Office (disability services) at Cuyahoga Community College to establish recommendations and best practices for creating accessible online course content. This team first developed and released Tri-C’s Blackboard Accessibility Checklist in late 2009, which provides simplified ways for faculty to incorporate accessibility into their course design. More recently, this group has collaborated to creating a simplified way of looking at accessibility for each of the technologies Tri-C uses or recommends. Using Technology with Accessibility in Mind provides specific recommendations for each technology for both visual and audio content, as well as the vendor’s accessible statements to incorporate into instructor’s course sites.