Link to Accessibility Statements of Third-Party Tools

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The Quality and High Quality online course reviews explore components proven to be best practices in online course design. This post showcases High Quality item, “Accessibility statements for tools that are provided by vendors external to UCF are included.”

By: Roslyn Miller, Instructional Designer, CDL

An essential trait of any course is that all its content is accessible to all students, including those who have impairments, such as in their vision or hearing. Teachers should provide information to students about accessibility of the technology used in the course, including tools external to the learning management system.

What Are Some Ways Your Online Course Can Be Designed to Meet This Standard?

If your course requires students to use technology external to the learning management system, provide a link to the tool provider’s accessibility statement in your syllabus or other course orientation materials. Finding a technology’s accessibility statement is usually as simple as using an internet search (e.g., search Microsoft accessibility statement) or the search feature within the tool provider’s website. Copy the URL where the accessibility statement is provided, and then in your course, embed that link in a descriptive name of the tool (e.g., Microsoft Accessibility Statement).

What Does This Look Like in a Real Online Course?

Example 1: Nizam Uddin, STA5206 (Statistical Analysis)

Dr. Uddin’s statistical analysis course requires use of the statistical software R. He provides a link to R Studio’s accessibility statement under the Course Accessibility Statement in his syllabus.

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