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Creating an Accessible Syllabus using Microsoft Word


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About the Course

Creating accessible documents is easy, requires little additional effort, and benefits students and instructors in various ways.

Better Student Comprehension
Well-structured documents make information easier to consume by students of all abilities. Using a well-defined heading structure allows a reader to zero in on important information quickly.
Faster Document Revisions
Well-structured documents allow an editor to use the Navigation Pane to quickly find sections in need of updating, like due dates or grading schedules. The styles panel also allows you to easily change the look of your document. If a document has a strong heading structure, an author can generate a table of contents programmatically. 
Less Rushing
Students come to campus to participate in higher education with a wide range of abilities and accommodation letters are an increasingly common occurrence. A syllabus created with accessibility in mind reduces (or eliminates) the work required to accommodate all students.
Smoother Quality Matters Reviews
Quality Matters general standard 8 has specific guidelines for content accessibility, especially regarding documents. Creating a document the right way from the start will save a huge amount of time when preparing for a Quality Matters review.
In Other Words…
Creating documents with accessibility in mind from the beginning saves instructors time - a rare and precious commodity. Enroll now and begin creating documents that are easier to use and edit today!
Enroll Today and Work Toward Course Achievement Certificate
This course includes an opportunity to earn an achievement certificate by passing the course's Final Exam. Details included in the course. Enroll to get started!

Course Objectives

Once you complete this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the importance behind making an accessible syllabus
  • Create a well-structured document using headings, outlines, and lists
  • Write effective descriptive text for links
  • Add alternative text to images
  • Check a finished document to ensure it's accessible
  • Publish a document as a PDF

Meet the Instructor

This course is created and maintained by IT Training, a department of University Information Technology Services of Indiana University (IU). IT Training provides educational opportunities around technologies and software made available by IU. In an effort to expand the reach of IT Training's award-winning, high-quality content, this online course has been available to members of the IU community—and beyond. We hope you enjoy this learning experience.

Length: 1 hour or less

  UITS IT Training

Credit: 0

Audience: Public