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Open Educational Resources (OER): Accessibility

This guide provides information on what OERs are and where you can find them.

Defining OER Accessibility

Accessible websites are designed to be usable by anyone, regardless of device, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. Specifically, web accessibility is a set of practices, choices, and standards aimed at making websites that people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive abilities can easily navigate and use.

 

Web accessibility should be an integral part of any web project, and all web content should conform to existing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0  and standards.

Design It: Creative Ideas

 

Accessible Web Design Resources

Make it Accessible: DIY Cheatsheets and HHS Section 508

Legally, online course materials are required to be accessible to all students [ see WebAIM's overview of United States Laws]. Section 508 requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to Web applications, Web pages and all attached files on the intranet, as well as, internet. Everyone benefits from clear and accessible web design.

Check It: Checklists for Accessibility

Designing accessible course content is not solely for the benefit of students with disabilities. Research has shown that all students benefit from certain improvements in the usability of course materials. An example is providing accurate video transcripts can improve comprehension for non-native speakers. 

Accessibility & Review Resources: