Accessible Documents

Overview

Each semester instructors share with their students many types of digital documents to convey information, communicate ideas and collaborate through Canvas courses and other digital delivery methods. This webinar will cover seven core skills you will need to use to ensure your documents are accessible to all readers. We will focus on Microsoft Word, Google, and PDF document types.

This session is one in a series of ATSS offerings that provides information about how to facilitate learner engagement with the instructor, other learners, and course content based on the University of Minnesota Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design

Other courses in this series include:

Topics

This webinar will cover seven core skills you will need to use to ensure your documents are accessible to all readers. We will focus on Microsoft Word, Google and PDF document types. 

  1. Apply heading styles and heading structure to break up the document content
  2. Add meaningful descriptive alt text to your images and charts
  3. Apply bulleted and numbered lists appropriately
  4. Use and apply appropriate color contrast for your text
  5. Add captions to your videos
  6. Add links to other documents and resources 
  7. Adding tables to help users of assistive technology read the table data.

Who Should Attend

Instructors of all levels such as faculty, adjuncts, graduate instructors, graduate TAs, community faculty who are, or will be, teaching a course.

A basic familiarity with Canvas is recommended. Instructors new to Canvas should watch the Canvas Essentials recorded webinar prior to the workshop.