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Accessibility Guidelines for the Online Classroom

The guide will provide an overview of accessibility guidelines and offer tools to ensure you are designing an accessible and equitable online presence.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are a group of guidelines that aim to create a "single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally" - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Overview

Use the tabs to see some of the most useful guidelines. For the exact wording, additional guidelines, and additional information, please visit the WCAG Quick Reference guide


There are many browser extensions that can help you check the accessibility of any online learning object. Below are just a few of the more popular and useful ones. Please visit their websites to learn more about the extensions and which may be best suited for your use

  • Do not copy and paste directly into D2L
    • Use the "paste as plain text" option in the WYSIWYG
  • If using GoogleDocs or MS Word, use the built-in styles and layouts
  • Use built-in accessibility checkers

Please scroll down for video tutorials on how to set up both an accessible GoogleDoc and an accessible MS Word document.

When working with images in your documents or websites, always provide alt text information for informative images.