Responsibility for Accessibility
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Why must online courses and media meet accessibility standards in advance of student enrollment?
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Create and publish online course content in accordance with accessibility standards
- Direct students with questions about accommodations to the institution’s Student Accessibility Resource Center.
Last updated: 2/19/2019