Creating the Accessible Syllabus
Taking steps to ensure that your course materials – documents, videos, presentations, software – are accessible is a vital way you can promote equity while creating an inclusive classroom.
Date & Time:
10:37 AM - 12:38 PM This is a self-paced workshop.
You can complete this at your office, at home or at your favorite coffee shop!
This self-paced workshop is intended to help faculty to gain skill in using Word to create documents that are accessible for people with visual disabilities, and to transform a syllabus to make it accessible. This workshop is part of the Inclusive Classroom Institute and is open to all faculty, whether or not you intend to pursue certification.
At the University of St. Thomas, our mission and convictions fuel a commitment to create inclusive classrooms that support the well-being of each member. Providing an equitable and effective learning environment for all students requires that we provide teaching and learning materials in ways that are accessible for all, including students with disabilities. We also recognize that when course materials are designed with this intention, ALL students benefit.
Taking steps to ensure that your course materials – documents, videos, presentations, software – are accessible is a vital way you can promote equity while creating an inclusive classroom. You’ll find that accessible course materials enhance learning for a variety of students, including:
- Those with disabilities
- International students
- English language learners
- Students with undiagnosed learning disabilities
- Those with certain psychological disorders, including PTSD
It definitely takes intentionality and a certain amount of effort to develop the habits needed for creating accessible materials, but don’t let the idea overwhelm you. Every year you can add a few small strategies. Over time it will become second nature to create accessible documents, videos, etc. Get a head start now by creating an accessible syllabus!
Visit our Accessibility web page for more information about how to create accessible instructional materials.