Division of Student Affairs

AccessAbility Services : Faculty and Staff Resources

Course Accessibility

Accessibility of online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses is essential to ensuring a quality learning experience for all learners. It would be helpful for instructors to incorporate the principles of Universal Design in order to promote accessibility. Universal Design within the realm of education generally refers to designing educational content and environments in a way that makes them useful to all people, regardless of individual characteristics such as gender, race or ethnicity, age, stature, or existing disabilities. Universal Design evolved from Accessible Design, a design process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities. Universal Design goes further by recognizing that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities, and by designing with diversity in mind, we can create things and places (either real or virtual) that will be easier for all people to use.