Teaching & Learning Tips

A collection of tips and tools designed to aid in transitioning instruction online.

Accessibility Resources

May 19, 2020

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In producing educational media, efforts must be made to provide equivalent content for students who cannot engage the material via sight or sound: for audio-only, a transcript; for video, closed captions and audio descriptions.

Likewise, care should be taken in designing your online course to provide high-contrast visual aids that appear as informative as intended to audiences with color blindness or poor eyesight.


  • Provide a transcript for audio recordings.
  • Provide captions for video recordings.
  • Provide a screen-reader friendly version of any informative visual aids that appear in a video (a PowerPoint, pdf, html, or Word document with labeled images, etc. as makes sense for the type of visual aid).
  • Avoid referring to portions of visual aids with demonstrative pronouns. Instead of this line/that line, label the lines and refer to them by the labels, for example.
  • Whenever possible, use media distribution services provided by campus, such as Illinois Media Space or Ensemble.

For additional details please see the Copyright Resources within our Online Course-In-A-Box


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