Lesya Hassall, Program Coordinator on Learning Technologies at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching offers her tips for accessible course content development as informed by Quality Matters(TM) Rubric 8 on Accessibility:
- Place and acknowledge the readable document types in your course environment. Make sure they are accessible across platforms.
- Use the accessibility checker for facilitating ease of use. In MS Office Word or PP: Go to File=>Info=>Check for Issues=>Check Accessibility. In Adobe Acrobat: View=>Read Out Loud=>Activate.
- Use the built-in heading structure of your authoring tool (such as MS Office Word). Use headings for bookmarks and ease of navigation rather than bolding and enlarging text.
- Use Sans Serif font for better readability.
- Avoid overusing colors as the only way to distinguish information.
- Reserve underlying words for navigation links only. Use descriptive links rather than URL.
- Use alt text for your images.
- Use a caption for complex images or add a description to the surrounding text.