AccessDL

The Center on Accessible Distance Learning (AccessDL) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (grant # OPE P333A020044 and P333A50064) to share guidance and resources on making distance learning courses accessible to students and instructors with disabilities. It is directed by DO-IT. Listed below are directions for joining a discussion list as well as publications, videos, websites, resource centers, promising practices, and research.

Discussion List

  • AccessDL Discussion List - is to discuss issues related to creating accessible distance learning courses. This list fosters ongoing discussion about accessible design, policy, practice, training, and support. It is supported by DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) at the University of Washington. For more information about this list consult:
    http://mailman.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/AccessDL

Distance Learning Program Accessibility Indicators

Resources on Accessible Distance Learning

Overview Publications and Video Presentations

Q&A's from DO-IT's Online Knowledge Base

Training

  • EASI - interactive web conferences and instructor-led courses through EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information).
  • GRADE - free, online tutorial that explains how to create accessible distance learning materials from the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education.
  • WebAIM - an online course planning tool for creating your own web accessibility course from Web Accessibility in Mind.
  • Web Accessibility 101 - free, self-paced, online course focusing on web accessibility policy, standards, and design from the University of Wisconsin.

Resource Centers

Promising Practices

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