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OER and ZTC for Faculty: Accessibility Resources

Faculty Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) classes.

Where to Start

If you want to know what you should check in your course as far as accessibility, take a look at the Course Design Rubric from the CVC OEI. Section D focuses exclusively on accessibility and will help walk you through what you need to do to make your course accessible. If this feel overwhelming, consider @One's 5-Day Challenge or their Accessibility Essentials Micro Courses which offer short introductions to accessibility basics. The resources and tools listed on this page will also help make your course accessible. 

Testing Accessibility

How can you test your resources to ensure they are accessible? Use the below tools to help. If you are using Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or Canvas keep in mind that these programs have built in accessibility checkers that work to varying degrees.

Accessibility Courses and Webinars

There are many free or affordable courses on various aspects of accessibility. If you don't know where to start learning about accessibility, you may want to consider taking an introductory course.

Additional Accessibility Resources

Below are some additional resources to help make your course content accessible. 

Simply Said: Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials

Consider Universal Design

According to CAST, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), is "... a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn."

For more information on UDL, including the UDL Guidelines, please see the links below: