Resources For Making Distance Learning Accessible
Publications, Tutorials, and Video Presentations
- 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course
The basics for teaching a course online that can be accessed by all, including students with disabilities.
- Accessible Distance Learning Pamphlet
A summary of key issues with respect to accessible online learning.
- Accessibility of eLearning
The Open University's introduction to challenges and solutions regarding e-learning access for individuals with disabilities.
- Accessibility Testing of Web Applications
A description of web accessibility principles, statistics, and how to evaluate and test a website to ensure it meets the correct standards.
- Creating Accessible Online Courses with Canvas
A self-guided course designed to provide you with the basic information you need in order to create accessible online courses with Canvas.
- Described and Captioned Medial Program
Guidelines for the design of captions and audio descriptions for videos.
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Distance Learning Programs
A checklist for operating a program that ensures the accessibility of all courses.
- IMS Guidelines for Developing Accessible Learning Applications
Overview and technical guidelines for the design of accessible online learning.
- Make Your Course Accessible
Instruction and resources from Drexel University.
- Real Connections: Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone
This video presentation provides guidelines for designing Internet-based distance learning courses to fully include all students, including those with disabilities.
- Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice
A book edited by Sheryl Burgstahler with multiple practitioners showcasing how the application of universal design can create inclusive instruction, student services, physical spaces, and information technology.
- Universal Design in Higher Education: Promising Practices
An online book edited by Sheryl Burgstahler with examples of how promising practices of universal design can be applied to create a more inclusive instruction, student services, physical spaces, and information technology.
- World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design
DO-IT video and publication on how to make web pages accessible to people with disabilities.
Q&A's from DO-IT's Online Knowledge Base
- What are some of the barriers students with disabilities face in distance learning courses?
- How can I get started in making my distance learning course accessible to all students?
- What do distance learning professionals need to know about accessibility?
- Are chat rooms accessible to people with disabilities?
- Are electronic whiteboards accessible to people with disabilities?
- How can I select a web accessibility software tool?
A collection of project goals, objectives, activities, leadership, sponsorship,and resources for making cyberlearning tools and pedagogy accessible to everyone, including students with disabilities.
- The Center for Universal Design in Education
Resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience, including technology, services, and instruction.
- The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE)
Acenter that addresses issues of technology and disability in education policies and practices to enhance the lives of people with disabilities
- National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
A research and development facility dedicated to making media and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
Resources from the Web Accessibility in Mind project, including a streaming video introduction, links to online courses and articles, and a tutorial.
- Accessible Technology
DO-IT's collection of videos, publications and web resources on the procurement, development and design of accessible technology.
- Accessible Technology at the UW
Resource website on accessible technology hosted by the University of Washington.
- Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities
A collaborative center engaged in researching the accessibility of online learning offerings, particularly at the precollege level.
- Michigan Virtual University: A Promising Practice in Developing Standards for Online Courses
- PIVoT: A Promising Practice in Making an Online Physics Course Accessible
- The University of Washington: A Promising Practice in Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities
- Distance Learning: A Case Study on the Accessibility of an Online Course
- Steps Toward Making Distance Learning Accessible to Students and Instructors with Disabilities
- Item Writer Guidelines for Greater Accessibility - Basics for Making Exam and Other Instructional Items that are Accessibile, in Particular to Individuals with Visual Impairments
Accessibility Documentation from Learning Management System (LMS) Vendors
Accessibility of LMS products is constantly evolving, but several vendors provide documentation regarding their products' accessibility features and how to deliver accessible courses using their products. Some examples are provided below. Also, Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) has coordinated several active collaborations between higher education institutions and LMS vendors to help the latter improve their accessibility. These are listed on the ATHEN Collaboration Groups website.
Research and Academic Papers
- Online Distance Education - "Anytime, Anywhere" But Not For Everyone
A 2001 article in Information Technology and Disabilities Journal by Axel Schmetzke, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
- Opening Doors or Slamming Them Shut? Online Learning Practices and Students with Disabilities
An analysis of research and practice around the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities in online learning.
- Research on Web Accessibility in Higher Education
A 2003 article by Terrill Thompson, Sheryl Burgstahler, and Dan Comden in Information Technology and Disabilities Journal, that explores the correlation between manual methods of evaluating website accessibility and evaluation by Bobby and evaluates the accessibility of key websites in selected post-secondary institutions.