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Online Course Accessibility Champions Cohort Program

Request for Proposal


The purpose of this program is to facilitate the redesign of online courses to ensure compliance with the CSU Accessibility Guidelines. This will be accomplished by providing financial incentives, expert instructional design assistance, and technology support to faculty.


Maximize the number of online courses in full compliance with the CSU Accessibility Guidelines


  1. All full-time faculty at CSU.
  2. Completion of the initial Quality Matters (QM) course Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), including the 2014 update workshop if taken prior to August 2014.
  3. Proposer must have previously taught a course that includes some online course content (e.g., fully online, hybrid, or reduced seat time course).

Stipend Payment

Stipends of $2,000 will be paid upon completion of all requirements as outlined below.


  • Attend the COOL Supportive Inclusive Practices (SIP) and COOL Developing Inclusive Practices (DIP) training sessions. Each session last 2 hours. Specific dates are included in the timeline below.
  • Choose 2 out of the following scheduled work sessions to attend.
    • Monday, June 26, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 27, 9 to 11 a.m.
    • Wednesday, June 28, 9 to 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Revise course content (in proposed course) to meet CSU Accessibility Guidelines Checklist due by Friday, July 21 (estimated time commitment is 10 to 15 hours).
  • Advocate within colleges and departments for accessible online course content by speaking at 1 department and/or college meeting highlighting their training and work with this program.
  • Attend planning meeting for facilitating SIP workshop.
  • Recruit at least 5 colleagues to attend the above SIP workshop.
  • Facilitate a SIP workshop for colleagues.
  • Support faculty attending SIP workshop in checking their course syllabus for accessibility.

* Optional help and work sessions will be available to receive additional assistance as needed throughout summer.


Announcement of Request for Proposals (RFP) May 8, 2017
Applications due May 26, 2017
Announcement of Selected Participants June 5, 2017
SIP Workshop June 16, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
DIP Workshop June 23, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Course revision work sessions June 26 - June 29, 2017
Course revisions July 21, 2017
Planning meeting for facilitating SIP workshop July 28, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Facilitate a SIP workshop Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

Proposal Requirements

Complete and submit form below:
Link for Google Application Form

Training Descriptions

Supportive Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL SIP)
Learning objectives for the workshop:
  • Discuss the legal requirements for accessible course content in higher education
  • Describe diverse learners' needs for accessible online course content
  • Identify the benefits of accessible course design to all learners
  • Describe the CSU guidelines for web accessibility and how these align with QM standards
  • Practice using accessibility checkers in Word and PowerPoint

Developing Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL DIP)
Learning objectives for the workshop:

  • Apply the accessibility guidelines for online course content
  • Design accessible Brightspace Pages
  • Design accessible Word Documents
  • Design accessible PowerPoint Presentations
  • Design or select accessible Multimedia
  • Convert accessible documents to PDF
  • Create an accessible syllabus

Planning meeting

Review Supportive Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL SIP) facilitator manual