Accessibility 101 is a seven-module course that covers the basics of digital accessibility, aiming to increase understanding of accessibility issues and how to resolve them. It takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. Topics include “Principles of Designing for Accessibility" and “Understanding Your Legal Requirements." Course sign-up will log you
Northwestern University students, faculty and staff have unlimited, on-demand access to a variety of online training courses on accessibility at no cost. Follow the links of selected courses below – you will need to login with your University email/netID if you are not already logged in via single sign-on – or go to the main LinkedIn Learning page and search “accessibility” for more courses (check the Northwestern Human Resources website for the main login link).
- Creating Accessible PDFs – depending on your level of familiarity with accessibility, you may want to skip right to the tactical PDF accessibility modules.
- Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office - This 25-minute course covers the basics of accessibility in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Experiencing an Inaccessible Website – Skip to “Why Accessibility Matters” for a brief walk-through that demonstrates the difficulty people encounter when trying to navigate an inaccessible website via a keyboard and screen reader.
- Experiencing an Accessible Website – Skip to “Why Accessibility Matters” to learn how someone would navigate the same website showcased above, in the inaccessible site video, once the proper accessibility fixes have been made.
- Accessibility for Web Design - This two-hour course, targeted to those fairly new to the field, covers the basics of accessible web design.
- UX Foundations: Accessibility - This popular course looks at making websites accessible from a user experience perspective, focusing on how someone with a disability might use a website and what that means in terms of design. It also introduces participants to different assistive technologies that might be used to access a site.
Watch Introduction to Siteimprove webinar (netid protected) to learn how you can utilize the Siteimprove platform to identify QA and accessibility issues. Siteimprove Academy offers free, in-depth courses on accessibility that
- Web Fundamentals: Accessibility, Analytics, and SEO
A collection of courses for
high-leveloverview of Web Accessibility, Analytics, and SEO.
- Accessibility for Leadership
This course is designed for leadership teams to help them implement accessibility and establishing processes for more inclusive websites.
- Accessibility for Content Contributors
This course is for content editors that
coversissues and web standards related to image alt-texts, PDFs, color contrast issues, link texts, and more.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Course instructors can learn about guidelines and strategies for implementing Universal Design for Learning to make classes accessible to all students -- those with disabilities as well as other students who experience other challenges in courses. Learn more about Universal Design for Learning.
The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) is a Canvas learning app that enables instructors to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course. Download and install UDOIT.
Accessibility for Course Instructors
Teaching and Learning Technologies offers training sessions on digital content accessibility for course instructors. Topics include general accessibility concerns within Canvas courses, as well as remediation techniques for specific software programs; more detail is below. See the schedule and register for upcoming classes on Eventbrite. This workshop series is a partnership between the Media and Design Studio, AccessibleNU, and Northwestern Information Technology.
- Accessibility I: Making course content accessible for everyone
In this introductory workshop, you will discover the challenges all students may encounter while using Canvas, and you will learn simple steps that can dramatically improve the accessibility of course content.
- Accessibility II: Making PDFs Accessible
This workshop will help you improve the readability and accessibility of PDF course documents. This workshop series is a partnership between the Media and Design Studio, AccessibleNU, and Northwestern IT Teaching & Learning Technologies.
- Accessibility III: Making Accessible Word Documents and PowerPoint Presentations
Using hands-on strategies, you will learn how to use the powerful tools within Microsoft PowerPoint and Word to help make course presentations and documents accessible for everyone.
- Accessibility IV: Video Captioning
This workshop takes a look at the most common video platforms used at Northwestern (YouTube, Zaption, Library Course Reserves, Canvas Video), and participants will reflect on best practices in providing captions and subtitles.