Lesson 5.1: Elements of Accessible Syllabi

Congratulations on completing Lessons 1-4, which contain the most important information necessary to design course materials with accessibility in mind. In this final lesson, you will create an accessible syllabus and submit it as part of your final assessment. In this final project, we will utilize the technical accessibility methods we have learned so far to create an accessible syllabus.

Syllabus Content

Syllabus content that supports accessibility includes but is not limited to:

  • Disability services statement
    • Name, location, web page, phone, email
  • When, where, and how to use technical assistance
    • This includes the information for your school’s IT help desk (phone, email, location)
  • Multiple options for communicating with the instructor
  • Communication turnaround time expectations
  • Course outline of content and assignments
  • At least 3 clear course learning objectives

Accessibility Checkpoints

Below are 9 checkpoints covered in Lesson 2 to keep in mind while creating an accessible document:

  • Color contrast
  • Font type, size, color, and emphasis
  • Heading styles
  • List styles
  • Hyperlinks
  • Images
  • Tables
  • Videos
  • File name (should clearly indicate what the file is about)

NOTE: You do not need to include each of these elements in your syllabus. For example, if you do not use a video in your syllabus, that is fine. Simply make sure that any elements you do use are accessible. All of the above elements are present and explained on the accessible syllabus self-check rubric (Word document) (also downloadable in Lesson 5.2).

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