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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.​ For additional support, you can contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900.

Training, Guides, and Checklists

Accessible Learning Materials & Tools

Learn how to design learning materials accessibly. This site contains courses that focus on making documents accessible, PowerPoints accessible, captioning videos, and using Read&Write software effectively.

Log in to Canvas to begin the Accessible Learning course

Accessible Documents & PowerPoints

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 “How to Design Accessible Office Docs

Download “Using the Word Accessibility Checker

Captioning Lecture Video Instructions

These documents serve as quick reference guides for captioning videos you manage with YouTube or Canvas Studio, respectively.

DownloadCaptioning YouTube Videos Quick Reference Guide

DownloadCaptioning Canvas Studio Videos Quick Reference Guide

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.”

Have questions about captioning? Read more about OIT’s recommended captioning options

Implementing UDL on Canvas

Don’t just put materials on Canvas, design courses on Canvas. This course can be used as a reference or as a learning tool to proactively address barriers to learning and enhance your Canvas courses for everyone!

Join the UDL Canvas course

Accessibility Checklists

These checklists were developed to address specific accessibility opportunities or dangers for the platforms/tools indicated. They should be used as a “first wave” of significant accessibility testing followed by user testing.

Website WCAG Accessibility Analysis Template

Canvas WCAG Accessibility Analysis Template

Articulate Storyline WCAG Accessibility Analysis Template