UAA is committed to ensuring that all of its students – regardless of disability or other challenges – can accomplish their academic goals. In this workshop, faculty will explore principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to designing courses and assignments in a way that serves all users and avoids segregating or stigmatizing any students. This blog tutorial uses easy steps to edit course documents and save them in accessible online formats.
What does it mean to create and post an accessible document in online environments?
What if I don't currently have my online documents saved as a compatable .PDF?
If your current electronic documents are not saved as compatible .PDF files you can easily update them and save them this way for your next course using Microsoft Word 2013 or 2016 software. Make a plan to update, following the Quick Guide Notes and/or tutorial below as you design your next course.
What if it looks like making these changes will take an excessive amount of time because of the detail of my course content?
What if I have not done this before, how do I get started?
Below is a tutorial with explanations and images to assist you in adding styles to text and alt text to images and tables in your documents. If you need additional assistance contact Academic Innovations & eLearning for support.
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