In addition to the ten most basic accessibility principles, below is the list of the additional instructional considerations to design an accessible course addressing the Universal Design Principles (equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use):
- Provide clear instructions and expectations.
- Define new terms and acronyms.
- Allow access to learning materials and resources from the start of the course.
- Prioritize the information in a logical sequence.
- Provide feedback on important stages in projects and assignments.
- Provide learners with a practice opportunity.
- Make examples relevant to a wide range of learners from various backgrounds.
- Check if the publishers have digital textbooks and if accessibility is checked for readings.
- Check if apps and software are accessibility checked.
- Present content in multiple ways (text, audio, video, and graphic representations).
- Consider multiple assessment types (projects, presentations, role-play, debates, discussion forums, and portfolios).
If you have any questions or suggestions on this topic, please contact Jinhee Choo (eLearning@business.illinois.edu).