Eight Tips from QM(TM) Rubric 8 on Accessibility of Course Content

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:

  1. Place and acknowledge the readable document types in your course environment. Make sure they are accessible across platforms.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use Sans Serif font for better readability.
  5. Avoid overusing colors as the only way to distinguish information.
  6. Reserve underlying words for navigation links only. Use descriptive links rather than URL.
  7. Use alt text for your images.
  8. Use a caption for complex images or add a description to the surrounding text.