Design Inclusive Courses

Summary

To make instructional content more accessible and inclusive, consider how you format, organize, and distribute content, as well as how you design in-class and online activities.

Accessibility matters in every course. You cannot know all of your student’s needs. Students with (or without) various types of disabilities can experience the same barriers in the classroom. Barriers can also vary significantly from student to student, even when they share the same disability. 

Understand Classroom Barriers

Rather than learning about types of disabilities, it is useful for instructors to understand common classroom barriers (online and face-to-face) and how to mitigate them rather than focusing on disabilities.

Start with the Core Skills

If you follow our accessibility core skills, your instructional content will be usable by more students, including individuals with disabilities and those using different devices in a variety of environments.

Learn More About Instructional Content

When you are comfortable with the core skills, you can apply more advanced skills to different types of instructional content, such as classroom activities, course materials, and syllabi.