Tennessee House Bill 1857 (Senate Bill 1692) established the need for minimum accessibility criteria for informational materials and related technology used by institutions of higher education. To adhere to the minimum Web Content Accessibility Guideline 2.0 A & ADA recommendations provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the following criteria must be met in online courses:
- Make sure the content is clearly written and easy to read. There are many ways to make your content easier to understand. Write clearly, use clear fonts, and use headings and lists appropriately.
- Provide appropriate document structure. Headings, lists, and other structural elements provide meaning and structure to web pages. They can also facilitate keyboard navigation within the page.
- Ensure links make sense out of context. Every link should make sense if the link text is read by itself. Screen reader users may choose to read only the links on a web page. Certain phrases like “click here” and “more” must be avoided.
- Provide appropriate alternative text. Alternative text provides access to non-text content (such as images) in web pages. It is especially helpful for people who are blind and rely on a screen reader to have the content of a website read to them.
- Do not rely on color alone to convey meaning. The use of color can enhance comprehension, but do not use color alone to convey information. That information may not be available to a person who is colorblind and will be unavailable to screen reader users.
- Create accessible data tables. Tables should be used to organize data, not layout, and should use either the “scope” or “header and id” attributes for easier navigation with assistive technology.
- Caption and/or provide transcripts for media. Videos must have captions and audio descriptions. A text transcription must accompany all audio files. More on how to caption course media may be found on the OOL’s Closed Captioning page.
Accessible Master Syllabus and Schedule Templates
Please utilize the templates below to update your syllabus and provide your students with the most necessary information related to your course and support offered at Nashville State. Note about the Master Faculty Schedule: In order to meet accessibility guidelines, all cells in the schedule table must contain text.
Access Center Training Videos
Online Learning Resources
The Office of Online Learning (OOL) at Nashville State has created several resources, linked below, for faculty creating accessible instructional materials for online courses. These resources provide guidance on accessibility standards for online education and information about how to correctly format course documents, videos, and other content in D2L for accessibility.
Accessibility Training for Faculty
The Access Center and the Office of Online Learning are working to provide faculty and staff essential resources, workshops, and training opportunities to proactively address accessibility issues at Nashville State.