Why Accessibility is Important

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In this module, you will learn why accessibility is important as well as several techniques for creating accessible course materials.

After you’ve completed this module, you will be able to:

  • State the importance of creating accessible course materials
  • Create accessible course materials using Microsoft Office
  • Edit Panopto videos to include captions

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Accessibility is a measure of how well any person can access, engage with, and benefit from the learning materials and activities found in a course. The term is most frequently associated with making sure that students with mental or physical differences can fully participate. Several pieces of federal legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), prohibit discrimination against these students and require equal access to technology in educational settings. Therefore, failure to design accessible courses not only results in poor learning experiences but may also constitute noncompliance with policies and potentially result in legal action against the institution.


A Personal Look at Accessibility

Now that we’ve learned why accessibility is required, let’s take “A Personal Look at Accessibility in Higher Education.”




Benefits of Accessible Materials

Though accessible course materials are required by law for some students, creating accessible documents, web pages, and videos benefits all users.



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