ITMAT Education Accessibility Checklist
It is important, especially in online or hybrid courses, to ensure accessibility of course materials. ITMAT Education created the below checklist to help faculty quickly create and revise course materials with accessibility in mind.
Below are multiple levels for accessibility screening. We recommend starting with Level 1. Once your materials have been updated to Level 1 Accessibility, you might consider adding additional accessibility measures.
It's always easier to design accessible content from the beginning, rather than to edit materials retroactively. We recommend revisiting this page or consulting with ITMAT Education staff before creating new course materials so you can have these guidelines at the top of your mind.
Level 1: Accessibility Basics
Make sure your font and background color choices are accessible.
Alternative text is a type of invisible caption for images or figures. Hidden from average users, alternative text assists people with vision impairments, those who use screen readers, and learners with other types of disabilities. It also helps everyone with context and interpretation of images and figures.
Level 2: Accessibility Enhancers
For videos, podcasts, or anything with audio, transcripts or captions are important to make multimedia accessible for people with hearing impairments. Transcripts and captions are also helpful for second-language English speakers, some learning disabilities and learners who prefer to consume information through text.
Hyperlink formatting is an important and efficient piece of accessibility.