Faculty Resources for Digital Accessibility
What is Digital Accessibility?
Digital accessibility happens when a person can easily navigate and understand the content of a website, application, electronic document, or media file. Put another way, people can access and use digital content and tools through various devices like computers, mobiles, or assistive technologies.
Why is Accessibility Important?
As an academic institution, we have a moral and legal obligation to make our content accessible to our community members. Not only is it federal law, but morally, it's the right thing to do. Accessibility also aligns directly with our University's mission to strengthen lives for purpose, service, and leadership.
Who Benefits from Accessibility?
Everyone! Digital accessibility helps a wide range of individuals, including those who may have hearing, movement, sight, or cognitive needs. Beyond that, accessible content makes information and resources more universally available for all people.
Who is Responsible?
We are all responsible. As the professor of a class, all of the content that you create for, require of, or share with students must be accessible. Refer to Pepperdine University's accessibility policy.
Core Elements of Creating Accessible Content
Are you using headings, tables, and images properly in your course syllabus document? Learn how to create or check your Word or PDF syllabus for accessibility.
Do you have captions and a transcript of your videos? Do the outside videos you select meet accessibility requirements?
Learn how to use the built-in accessibility checker within the rich text editor of your Courses LMS class site to fix common HTML or image issues.
Learn the fundamentals of making your Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents accessible.
Check your PDFs for accessibility issues with the Adobe Acrobat Pro accessibility checker.
Are your Google Docs accessible?
Learn how to make your Google Workspace documents(Docs, Slides, or Sheets) accessible. (Coming soon!)