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Responsibility for Accessibility

Who is responsible for ensuring the accessibility of online course materials? Accessibility is a shared responsibility. While institutions provide support and training, it is up to the course developers and instructors to make sure their course content is accessible to students with disabilities.

» Watch a video about Portland Community College’s commitment to Web accessible courses.

Why must online courses and media meet accessibility standards in advance of student enrollment?

  1. Students can acquire, or be diagnosed with a disability and be found eligible for academic accommodations at any time during the semester. Students with disabilities add, drop and withdraw from classes just like all college students. Students with disabilities may decide to forego accommodations at the beginning of a semester, and later decide that they want to use an accommodation in one or more classes.
  2. Making media accessible or providing online students with alternative access to online resources, tools, and media could be a time-consuming process. No learner should be obstructed from completing coursework in a timely manner because alternative and accessible course content and activities are not yet available.

Institutional Responsibility

The institution will:

  • Provide accessible technologies – like Folio and Google Apps – to facilitate delivery of online digital media
  • Provide accessible course development templates
  • Provide training on meeting accessibility standards for online digital media
  • Provide web accessibility consultations upon request for course developers

Online Course Developer / Instructor Responsibility

Online course developers and instructors will:

Read: Online Accessibility is a Faculty Duty.

Last updated: 2/19/2019