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Curriculum design and development

  • Proactive Accommodation
  • Universal Design for Learning/Pedagogical strategies and techniques
  • Accessibility vs. Adult Learning (learning styles)
  • Standards vs. Academic Freedom (organizational requirements)

Coordination and Planning

Between People

  • Faculty (presenters, content experts)
  • Disability Services (or other staff)
  • IT Services (content developers, accessibility experts)
  • Libraries
  • Administration
  • Others?

To Develop Policy

  • International - WCAG
  • Federal - Section 508
  • State
  • University > College > Department
  • YOU


  • Faculty
  • IT Services
  • Disability Services
  • Library
  • Students


Hardware and software

  • For end users (includes assistive technology as well as PCs, laptops, etc.)
  • Server-side technologies (servers, streaming media, server-based assistive technology, etc.)
  • Accessibility evaluation tools (e.g., Deque, WebXM, LIFT, etc.)


  • For training
  • For hardware and software
  • For staff
  • For accessibility evaluation (tools, websites, applications)

Platform and Technology

  • Instructional content and materials (texts, lecture notes, Powerpoints, simulations, etc.)
  • Delivery technologies (e.g., Blackboard, WebCT)
  • Communication and collaboration tools
  • Other applications required for coursework (e.g., Mathematica, Perky Duck, SAS, etc.)
  • Testing and other learning assessment tools
  • AJAX, PDF, Flash, media, PowerPoint, etc.


  • Self-advocacy
  • Gathering student feedback about accessibility of courses
  • Training (to use course platforms, assistive technologies)

Resources for Issues in Online Learning Accessibility