The University of Minnesota is home to nearly 90,000 people. In a community of this size, not everyone accesses digital content in the same way—but every member of our community must be able to navigate and understand that content.

The Digital Accessibility Badging Program teaches you how to create presentations, documents, web content, Canvas Courses, and more in an accessible way. In each self-paced online course, you will learn skills that apply to your everyday work. You may choose to take as many courses as you like. You will receive a digital badge highlighting the skills you demonstrated in the final project for each training.

This program is created as a collaboration between the Digital Accessibility Stakeholders Group, the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Information Technology, and many other University resources. It is an outcome of the Digital Accessibility Charge by Bernard Gulachek (VP & CIO) and Julie Showers (Interim Associate VP for Compliance).


You don't have to wait—start learning today! All Digital Accessibility Badging Program courses are available to University of Minnesota staff, faculty, and students at no cost.

  • Enroll in Digital Accessibility: Foundations to begin your journey.
  • Once you have taken Digital Accessibility: Foundations, you will be eligible to register for any of the other courses in the program.

Digital Accessibility Badging Program Courses

Digital Accessibility: Foundations

Learn what digital accessibility means, why it matters, and how it can be incorporated into your daily work. This course is a prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program, but it does not carry its own badge.

Digital Accessibility: Web Content

Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations 
Learn many aspects of adding content to a Google Site, with an emphasis on making the site accessible to the largest number of visitors. Learners who have created web pages using Drupal Lite can also submit their work in this course in order to earn the Accessible Web Content badge.

Digital Accessibility: Slide Presentations

Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations 
Learn the specific skills needed to create accessible slide presentations for live presenting and for sharing afterwards, using either PowerPoint or Google Slides.

Digital Accessibility: Documents

Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations 
Create a document that is accessible to the largest possible number of readers, using either Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

Digital Accessibility: PDFs

Prerequisites: Digital Accessibility: Foundations and Digital Accessibility: Documents
Create a PDF that is accessible to the largest possible number of readers, using Adobe Acrobat DC.

Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Canvas Course Sites

Prerequisite: Digital Accessibility: Foundations 
Create a Canvas course site that applies accessibility concepts to the content, interactions, and assessment of your course.

Digital Badges

A digital badge represents your accomplishment in completing a course, validating the skills you demonstrated in digital accessibility. Digital badges can be shared online through social media, email, and other professional development platforms such as LinkedIn. You can earn a digital badge that showcases your skills for each training course you complete after Digital Accessibility: Foundations.

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