Universal Design from the Starting Point: Creating An Accessible Syllabus
Concurrent Session 2
You can make your syllabus become a dynamic, accessible guide based on Universal Design principles, by using a few basic tools. We will demonstrate and discuss how to apply these principles easily and practically, using only the HTML text editor included within most LMS systems and any word processor application.
The principles of Universal Design emphasize flexibility, usability, and equitable access to all. Your syllabus can become a dynamic accessible document based on these principles. We will demonstrate and discuss how to create an accessible syllabus, using only the HTML text editor within most LMS systems and a word processor.
Our conversation will include a demonstration of steps toward building an accessible syllabus based on UD principles. Using basic aspects of HTML tagging, style definition, and hyperlinking the traditional, static syllabus can be transformed into a course guide that is flexible, accommodating, and easily navigated. These are some of the essential elements we will present:
- Designing a good course syllabus with these principles in mind: HTML (flexible for use with mobile devices, best for accessibility across all platforms and OSs (UD principles 1-2)
- Using a style guides (CSS) to generate HTML accessible section headings, linked table of contents ( UD principle 6)
- The liberal use of hyperlinks within the document (UD principle 3) to external resources (textbook site, reading lists, library, disabilities office, privacy policies, student handbook, other resources). Having links makes it easy to follow the information trail, especially on mobile devices where it's a pain to type in web addresses.
Participants will be able to ask questions, speak from their own experience, and contribute to a resource and tip document that will be collaboratively shared for later reference.