Web Accessibility for Online Course Content is a web site and accompanying PDF handbook put together by Karen Sorensen for faculty members at Portland Community College.
The site is aimed at teaching faculty who use online resources as part of their instruction how to ensure they are accessible to those with disabilities. It is structured as a series of instructional pages targeted at specific accessibility-related tasks:
- Making PDFs accessible – Either via converting from a word file or scanning, or from an existing PDF
- PowerPoint accessibility
- Best practices for math and sciences – Including how to manage graphs, MS Word/PDF/other formats, and LaTeX
- Audiovisual materials – How to produce accessible media, and how to ensure web-based media players are accessible, among other information
- Google Docs
In addition to these tutorials, the site includes some studies done on accessibility in specific disciplines and a page discussing automated accessibility checkers.
The accompanying Web Accessibility Handbook is a short document which replicates each of the web site links on its own page, for easy printing and offline access.
Although it’s worth noting that those of us who are not PCC faculty will probably be unable to take advantage of the “Get Help with Your Content” section, the rest of the site (and the handbook) are great resources for instructors and others who want to ensure that their content is accessible but aren’t sure how to get started.