Designing with Accessibility in Mind

Track : Accessibility

Levels : Beginner,Intermediate
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

How accessible is your online course? What steps can you take to make it more accessible? As the amount of offerings moving online continues to grow and various accessibility initiatives become more stringent, it is crucial that accessibility for all students be a focal point of the course design process. Most of the accessibility components are simple to understand and implement once the designer is aware of the tools and techniques available to them.

During this asynchronous, week-long workshop take a deeper dive into the principles and guidelines of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 that course instructors and instructional designers need to consider when creating online courses. The heart of this workshop will focus on ways to meet accessibility criteria through three important components including general universal design practices, creating accessible multimedia, and creating accessible documents. This workshop is sure to add helpful techniques and tools to your accessibility toolkit in order to become compliant and inclusive.

Note: This workshop is eligible for the OLC Accessibility Badge for participants that complete all four of our workshops on the topic of accessibility and universal design for learning.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify challenges and barriers that students with disabilities (visual, auditory, physical, and cognitive) often experience in the online course environment
  • Recognize the most important accessibility features to follow when designing and delivering online courses, including general Web accessibility guidelines, creating accessible documents, and creating accessible multimedia
  • Evaluate the accessibility of your course materials
  • Develop an action plan for course improvements

Prerequisite: None. 

Please note: If you are working towards the Accessibility badge, it is recommended that you first take the Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility workshop before this one.


This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty who teach online and blended courses
  • Instructional designers

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • Gain a better understanding of the most important Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how to apply them for creating more accessible course content, multimedia, and documents
  • Add new resources and practical web evaluation tools to your accessibility toolkit
  • Walk away with a practical implementation plan that will assist you in making your course(s) more accessible

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.