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Accessible Course Delivery Guide

Lectures

  • Use one major topic per lecture and delineate clearly between multiple topics
  • Include short, active, and experiential opportunities at 20 minute intervals
  • Provide relevant examples to help explain key concepts
  • Verbally explain images, charts, graphs, and tables
  • Allow students to audiotape lectures
  • Minimize audible and visual obstructions in your classroom

Slideshow Presentations

  • Use 30 point font or greater in sans serif styles like Arial, Verdana, or Helvetica
  • Use high contrast colours between text and a solid background
  • Use slide layout templates and titles to format your content
  • Use 3-6 bullet points per slide
  • Include captioning for embedded videos with accessible player controls
  • Verbally explain and provide text to describe images, charts, graphs, and tables

Print Documents

  • Use 12 point font or greater in sans serif styles like Arial, Verdana, or Helvetica
  • Use high contrast colour between text and a solid background
  • Use bold text for emphasis rather than italics or all capitals
  • Avoid text boxes or watermarks
  • Use paragraph styles, headers, or columns to format documents
  • Ensure logical tab order and avoid merged or split cells
  • Provide text to explain images, charts, graphs, and tables

Web

  • Present content in multiple accessible formats (e.g. text, videos, and images)
  • Keep the interface simple and intuitive
  • Use captions and transcriptions for images, charts, graphs, and tables
  • Include both sound and text with media where possible
  • Use familiar print fonts like Arial, Verdana, or Helvetica
  • Ensure hyperlinks have unique self-explanatory link text rather than “click here”

References

  • Inclusive Design Research Centre, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). (2011). Accessible Digital Office Document (ADOD) Project. Retrieved from http://adod.idrc.ocad.ca/
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). (n.d.). The research-based web design & usability guidelines. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved from http://www.usability.gov/guidelines/
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