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Best Practice Illustrations

Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center

At the TLPDC, we support ADA compliance in online courses in several ways.

First, we consult with faculty who are building online courses about best practices for accessibility and universal design, emphasizing the need to design accessibility into a course from the beginning, rather than waiting for a student with a disability to enroll.

In addition, we teach a workshop for faculty and graduate students each semester titled “Accessibility 101.” It is co-presented by a member of our Instructional Design team and a staff member from Student Disabilities Services.

Accessibility in Online Courses, Best Practices:

Examples from Blackboard Courses

Include a link to the transcript for a video as an accessibility option.

Example showing the link to the Script for Video as an accessibility option. Example showing a link to a video transcript from YouTube as an accessibility option.

For PowerPoint presentations, include a link to an accessible PDF of the presentation outline.

Example showing a link to a PDF outline for the linked PowerPoint presentation as an accessibility option.

Use appropriate "alt text" for images of people

Example of alt text showing the tool tip over an image of a group of persons.

and of other image content on the page

Example showing the alt text as a tool tip over a question mark icon.