Online Course Accessibility Compliance and Training

Topics: Supporting Faculty, Online Education, Academic Affairs, Students with Disabilities, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Growing online education enrollments place a greater burden on faculty to design accessible courses for students with disabilities. This report explores how university administrators motivate faculty to comply with accessibility policies and participate in relevant trainings. It also examines how instructional designers evaluate online courses for accessibility and respond to student accommodation requests

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Instructional designers tailor online accessibility trainings to faculty schedules and interests to promote faculty participation.

    2. Many institutions provide financial compensation to incentivize faculty to complete accessibility training.

    3. An Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance policy from college executives motivates faculty to proactively seek accessibility resources.