Developed by Disability Support Services


Self Assessment Tool

  • Course Design & Development

  • Course Delivery

  • Digital Documents

    • The digital documents I upload to the Learning Management System(LMS) can be viewed correctly in different browsers and mobile devices.

      When documents open in browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari the formatting looks the same.

    • The digital documents I upload to the LMS utilize high contrast (black and white, blue and yellow, etc.)

      Utilizing High Contrast

    • I am intentional about my use of color, so that I do not disadvantage those with color blindness.
    • I use formatting besides color (bold word and different size font) to distinguish between important items.
    • The PDFs I use in my course are not scanned images so they can be accessible by screen readers. A quick test to determine if a screen reader can read is document is by trying to highlight words in the document. If you cannot highlight the words, then a screen reader will not be able to read the word. DSS has also created the Accessible PDF Tutorial document, which can be downloaded and used for reference at any time.


    • When I create digital documents I use a Clear Sans Serif (Arial, Calibri, Verdana) font no smaller than 12pt.

      Design Considerations for Digital Documents
      Using Correct Styles and Fonts in Microsoft Word

    • When I use hyperlinks in my online course I use meaningful text instead of the URL.
    • Creating Meaningful Hyperlinks

    • Before I upload my PowerPoint, Excel, or Word documents I run the Microsoft Accessibility Checker to ensure there are no accessibility errors.

      Using the Microsoft Accessibility Checker
      Creating Accessible PowerPoint

  • Multimedia Files

  • Course Assessment and Feedback

    • I employ various methods to assess students’ overall knowledge of the subject matter.

      Examples: group work, written assignments, discussion boards, presentations, etc.

    • I can provide feedback and assessment in written, audio, and video forms when needed.

    Please visit the online course titled, “Creating an Accessible Online Learning Environment” housed in UAB’s Learning Management System, HealthStream to learn more about Universal Design for Instruction principles.

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