Frequently Asked Questions about Accessibility | Webster University

Frequently Asked Questions about Accessibility

Why is accessibility important?
Does this limit my academic freedom?
Students can get accommodations through the Academic Resource Center. How is this different?
Do I need to convert all of my documents into accessible electronic documents?
Are there any tools I can use to check the accessibility of my online course?
What can I do right now to increase the accessibility in my course?
What are some ways to provide accommodations to students?

Why is accessibility important?

Accessibility is important because every user, regardless of ability, will be able to access information provided and be engaged with the content of a WorldClassRoom course.

Does this limit my academic freedom?

Accessibility does not limit the academic freedom of Webster University faculty members, but it expands the academic opportunities for our students.

Students can get accommodations through the Academic Resource Center. How is this different?

Accommodations tends to be a reactive process. You as the instructor will need to react, in some way, when you receive notification from the Academic Resource Center about a student with a documented disability.

Designing for accessibility is a proactive approach and means that your course can be easily accessible for all learners by using the tools provided in our Accessibility Overview.

Do I need to convert all of my documents into accessible electronic documents?

Any documents that you link into the course should be reviewed for accessibility. Most issues will come with images and tables and can be easily fixed. Instructions are in our Accessibility Overview.

Are there any tools I can use to check the accessibility of my online course?

Tools such as WAVE and NVDA can be used on all of your Canvas pages.

In addition, you can run the link validator to check all of the links in your course to ensure they are live.

What can I do right now to increase the accessibility in my course?

  • Include an accommodations/accessibility Syllabus statement
  • Properly format links and check that they are valid
  • Use the standard navigation (links to modules from the home page; sequential pages within each module, ending with the Activities page) provided in the course to ensure ease of use
  • Add alt tags to images
  • Provide alternate ways to get information
  • Use WAVE to check page accessibility

What are some ways to provide accommodations to students?