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Accessibility of Learning Materials

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has charged the University of Tennessee System (UT System) and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to develop and implement policies for accessible information, materials and technology used in the college and university setting.

The term accessible means everyone, including people with learning differences, is afforded the same opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services in an equally effective and integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

The How-to Guides and checklists on this page will help you to ensure the learning materials you create are accessible to all.‚Äč For additional support, you can contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900.

How-to Guides and Checklists

Accessible Documents, PowerPoints & PDFs

This document contains steps to follow to ensure accessibility of Microsoft Office 2016 documents including Word documents and PowerPoints. It also provides information about making accessible PDFs from Office 2016 source documents.

Download “Creating Accessible Documents in Office 2016” (.docx)

Captioning Lecture Video Instructions

This document contains the best practices for captioning a video lecture using YouTube.

Download “Captioning Instructional Videos- Quick Reference” (.docx)

Note: If you have never logged into your UTK YouTube account, detailed instructions on how to do so and how to create your first channel are at “First Time in YouTube.”

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