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Teaching and Learning Resources

Accessible Education

Characteristics of Accessible Education

  • Takes into consideration a variety of student characteristics, including ethnicity, race, abilities, disabilities, age, gender, language abilities, and preferred learning style
  • Does not compromise academic rigor
  • Is a proactive and inclusive way of teaching and designing courses and curricula
  • Removes barriers to learning before the barriers can have an effect
  • Reduces the need for specialized accommodations
  • Identifies and clearly expresses essential course content
  • Is consistent with universally-recognized principles of good teaching

From Introduction to Accessible Education from the Council of Ontario Universities.

Guidance for Accessible Education

Accessible Documents

Accessible documents have:

  • readable text that is not an image,
  • tags to indicate a heading structure,
  • alternate text for images,
  • a set reading order,
  • a set language,
  • and use lists, tables, and hyperlinks wisely.

What is Alternative Text?

Alternative text helps screen readers recognize and describe images used on websites. An image without alternative text cannot be described in context.

  • Use alternative text when including an image in your guide.
  • Alternative text is read by screen readers in place of images.
  • Enter accurate text that avoids terminology such as "image of..." or "link to...".
  • See WebAIM's section on alternative text.

See more from the University of Washington's Overview of Accessible Documents page.

Word Documents

PDFs

Presentations

Tools for Use in Teaching and Instruction

For more web-based tools, see the Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from Educause.

Presentations and Design

For more web-based tools, see the Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from Educause.

For more web-based tools, see the Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from Educause.

Digital Pinboards and Whiteboards

Lesson Planning and Authoring

For more web-based tools, see the Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from Educause.

Instructional Design Courses and Training

The resources listed here largely come from this post from Eduflow.org.

The resources listed here largely come from this post from Eduflow.org.

Icon Collections

The following sites provide free and fee-based icons in a variety of formats.