Designing for Inclusivity: 3 New On-Demand Modules for Instructors

As an instructor, knowing where to start and what to do to ensure your content is accessible to all learners can be overwhelming. The Academic Commons has tools, trainings, and support to assist you in this process.

We recently created three on-demand modules to provide an introduction to universal design and accessibility tools.

Check out these modules to get started:


An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

A Guided Tour of Ally
Resources to Improve Accessibility

Designing your content for inclusivity is critical to meeting the learning needs of 21st-century learners. Learners are becoming more and more diverse across learning environments. Traditional learners enter with higher expectations about customization and access, while the non-traditional student population is ever-expanding may struggle to fit learning into busy professional and personal lives.

Gaining a better understanding of usability, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning encourages faculty to reduce barriers to access while encouraging persistence through the creation of adaptive content.

Tools such as Ally are available within Canvas to assist with these goals. There are also many other resources available that can help to increase the accessibility of documents across various apps. Some minor adjustments in the creation process can have major impacts on increasing accessibility for learners.

The following courses offer an opportunity to dive into these topics and more.

An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
The goals for this lesson include:

A Guided Tour of Ally
The goals for this lesson include:

  • demonstrate the use of Ally in Canvas
  • document methods of interacting with accessibility score indicators, the instructor feedback panel and the course accessibility report
  • identify the best use cases for alternative formats

    Complete A Guided Tour of Ally

Resources to Improve Accessibility
The goals for this lesson include:

  • identify techniques available to increase accessibility in Microsoft 365 and Adobe Acrobat documents
  • explain the rationale for alternative text for images
  • summarize major guidelines for drafting alternate text 

    Complete Resources to Improve Accessibility