ODL can provide guidance in designing accessible online courses, but accessibility is ultimately the responsibility of the course instructor. The guidelines here address both the design of your course site and the format of materials accompanying the site, such as audio, video, images, and documents. They are considered principles of universal design: creating materials that are accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit the links at the bottom of this page.
Because the Worldwide Web is often a highly graphical, visual environment, most accessibility concerns relate to making information more accessible to persons for whom this visual component is not useful. However, additional accessibility concerns relate to those with auditory, mobility, and cognitive impairments. The following sites contain a wealth of information on designing pages for accessibility. The field is so large that considerable time may be required to come to an understanding of the issues, challenges, and solutions.
Developing Accessible Documents and Media:
Accessibility in Distance Learning:
Services at FSU:
General Accessiblity Standards:
You may also find the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2011 Profhacker article "Accessibility in a Digital Age 1.5" useful for additional references.