ITMAT Education Accessibility & Inclusion Checklist
It is important, for all courses, to ensure accessibility of electronic 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
- Level 2: Accessibility Enhancers
- Level 3: Course Content
- Level 4: Course Policies and Design
- Additional Resources
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.
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.
Level 2: Accessibility Enhancers
Hyperlink formatting is an important and efficient piece of accessibility.
Web accessibility guidelines also apply to your text and page formatting.
Level 3: Course Content
Make sure that readings, resources, and lectures that students need to review before class are provided in a timely manner. Slower readers, students with English as a second language, and mega-planners all appreciate having timely access to course materials.
Consider your content when building a course, using a variety of content types and representation.
Write clear instructions, expectations, and evaluation criteria when it comes to running the course or submitting assignments.
Level 4: Course Policies and Design
There are a few strategies you can use to design assignments and assessments that are inclusive, accessible, and more useful for all students.
Consider your syllabus and participation policies and other ways you run your course. Sometimes small changes can yield big returns.
- Penn Web Accessibility – Resources for Faculty
- Penn Web Accessibility – Resources for Content Creators
- Penn Web Accessibility – Accessible Documents
- SBCTC’s Library of Accessibility Resources
- Who can use this color combination? (Test color combos for accessibility)
- Universal Design for Learning – University of Denver
- Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Course – Duke University