Accessibility Considerations

It is important that you continue to provide an accessible and inclusive learning environment for your online students. In the event of an emergency disruption, accessibility and disability-related accommodations must be provided so that students, faculty, and staff can fully participate.

Minimum Standards for Accessible Online Instruction and Content

When moving your course online, please focus on the most critical accessibility and accommodation considerations. Additional accessibility considerations may be needed based on the accommodations of specific students in your course(s) or when the university is operating under more typical conditions.

Below is a list of recommended steps to take when transitioning your course to an online modality. If you have any questions and/or concerns about any of the items listed below, please reach out to your campus accessibility resource center for guidance.

  • You are strongly encouraged to include a written statement in your syllabus and to reference it when presenting the course standards to your classes. Use the syllabus to inform students on how best to notify you regarding accommodation requests.
  • Information presented in a video format should be captioned. If you have a student who uses media or real-time captioning, or who uses a sign language interpreter, this is critical.
  • Information presented in an audio-only format should be accompanied by a transcript. If you have a student who uses media or real-time captioning, or who uses a sign language interpreter, this is critical.
  • When you are creating your own content, create well-structured documents and consider the accessibility of the content. Review guidance for making Word or PowerPoint documents accessible. If you post documents as PDFs in Canvas, be prepared to share the original documents, as they will be more accessible.
  • If you must use scanned documents rather than native digital documents, they need to be of high visual quality and a resolution of at least 300dpi. Text should not be highlighted or underlined, binding shadows should not be present, lines should not be clipped, and text must be readable, even when enlarged.
  • When providing timed quizzes or exams, use the Time Extension Guide for Canvas.

Campus Resources

All UW System campuses provide a variety of services for students with special needs, including audio textbooks, alternative testing, classroom note-takers, priority registration, accessible parking, readers, equipment loan, and advising. If you have students with special needs, please reach out to your campus resource listed below.

Published on March 16, 2020 at 3:21:02 pm CDT. Last modified on March 18, 2020 at 12:41:19 pm CDT.