Web Accessibility Essentials for Online Course Developers

Web Accessibility Essentials for Online Course Developers

Jozenia T. Colorado (Emporia State University, USA) and Jane H. Eberle (Emporia State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch028
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According to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide access to electronic and information technology to individuals with disabilities who are federal employees or members of the public. As institutions of higher education (IHE) put more services and resources online, formatting pages so they are accessible to users with disabilities is essential. Although IHEs are attempting to comply with Web Accessibility Standards with their public Web pages, full compliance has been difficult. In addition, the growth of online courses has only complicated the issue. Although learning management systems (LMS) may claim to be Web accessible, accessibility of individual content items at the course level, is set by the coursedeveloper. This chapter will discuss essential information necessary for online course developers to develop Webaccessible content.

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