Web Accessibility Guidelines and Support Services
For help, contact: Karen Sorensen
Special Projects & Presentations
Presentations with accompanying resources:
- To Care and Comply: Approaching Accessibility in Online Courses
- Accessibility Discussion and Overview
Subject specific accessibility studies:
PCC Distance Learning is commited to making all online courses accessible to all students.
The content in all new and revised online courses (including content that is linked to from the course) must adhere to the accessibility guidelines listed below. There are just a few critical things that need to be integrated into the course development process to make PCC courses accessible to all online students. Accessible courses serve a broad audience that includes, students with disabilities, ESOL students, students with different learning styles and students who use emerging mobile technologies.
Online faculty developing and revising courses are supported by Instructional Support, Distance Learning, Disability Services, the Faculty Help Desks and online faculty mentors in their efforts to make their courses accessible. In addition, trainings on these guidelines are available. And this website provides information on how to achieve these guidelines.
These guidelines are based on the WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) AA standards, which are internationally accepted web accessibility guidelines.
Accessibility Guidelines for Online Course Content
- Structure pages with headings and lists
- Write meaningful link text (No, "click here" links)
- Create tables with headers and a proper reading order
- Use color accessibly
- Ensure instructions, assignments & resources are multisensory
- Keep it keyboard accessible (no mouse needed)
- Provide alternative text descriptions (ALT text) for images & graphics
- Design clear, consistent navigation
- Eliminate or limit blinking content
- Transcribe audio
- Caption video
Document specific information
How to create an accessible: