Who’s Responsible for Accessibility in Online Courses
Accessibility is a shared responsibility. Adhering to web accessibility guidelines while developing your online/blended course will benefit all students, including those with visual, hearing, mobility, and learning disabilities.
As the subject matter expert, the instructor:
- Designs and develops clear course structure and organization.
- Creates accessible course documents, link here for information can be found on accessible documents.
- Uses captioned media, audio/video, where possible.
- Uses alternative text descriptions for images, graphs, and tables.
- Ensures that software and web applications used in the course are accessible.
- Works with Student Disability Services (SDS) and/or the Center for Teaching Innovation to make course materials accessible.
Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) Responsibilities
As online/blended course development consultants, CTI:
- Provides accessible course design and development consultation.
- Reviews existing and new courses for best practices and quality standards in accessibility.
- Facilitates the captioning process for course video and audio materials.
- Assists with determining which course materials may need to be made accessible.
- Provides recommendations for guides, tools, and information on how to make course materials accessible.
- Provides Blackboard Course Template accessibility statement/resources.
Student Disability Services (SDS)
As the support service for student accessibility, SDS:
- Determines eligibility for disability services through review of documentation and assessment of individual student needs.
- Disseminates information to instructors regarding reasonable accommodations for students.
- Facilitates academic and environmental accommodations and services.
- Educates the campus community about disability issues.
- Assists Cornell students with disabilities to ensure access to the same opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible.