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Please keep in mind that any changes that are made to the online course material(s) need to maintain compliance for accessibility.  Here are the general guidelines we use to meet compliance requirements:

  • We use the University Communication and Marketing requirements for Web Content Accessibility, please adhere to these guidelines with all web-based course content.

  • Use pre-formatted styles in documents that are created in Microsoft products and use the accessibility checker that is a part of the Office suite.

  • Limit the use of color to convey important information or color that provides poor contrast.  Avoid the use of red, green, and light/pastel colors. You can use the Web Aim color contrast checker to see if your color combinations will pass.

  • All attachments must be in a format that is able to be utilized by a mobile device and accessibility software.  The recommendation is PDF format.  The exception to this guideline is if an attachment or file type is central to the instruction, for example a Photoshop class would use Photoshop files that are central to the class instruction.

  • All attachments must be tagged to be utilized with accessibility software.

  • All Images or media must be include Alt Text and citation to provide descriptive information on the use of the graphical element.  If the image is used for instruction, then a more extensive alt text or summary text will need to be included since the image information will not be read by a screen reader. Please review the best practices for alternative text.

  • All links need to be meaningful and descriptive and avoid the use of "link" or "click here".  Please review the best practices for hyperlinking.

  • All videos that will be consistently used for instruction in the course need to be closed captioned.

Here are resources to assist you with ensuring your items are accessible.  They resources are from Atomic Learning at miamioh.edu/atomiclearning:

A Digitally Accessible Campus

Creating an Accessible Syllabus Using Acrobat Pro XI & Word 2013 Training

Word 2010 - Creating Accessible Documents Training

Excel 2010 - Creating Accessible Workbooks Training

Google Doc Recommendation for Improved Accessibility

Here are resources to assist you with ensuring your videos are accessible via Youtube:

Closed Captioning Using YouTube

Additionally, the university has adopted a video closed captioning resource called Amara for non-captioned videos:

Captioning a Video Using Amara

If you have questions about accessibility or accommodations, please contact Disability Services and/or the Regional E-Learning Office.