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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 compliance with the CSU Accessibility Guidelines.


  1. All full-time faculty at CSU. Faculty who have not previously participated in the Online Course Accessibility Champions cohort program will be given priority.
  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 11, 9 to 11 a.m.
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 14, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Revise course content (in proposed course) to meet CSU Accessibility Guidelines Checklist. The Online Course Accessibility Specialist will review at least six course documents or pages and one audio or video file present in the course to determine compliance with the CSU Accessibility Guidelines checklist.
  • Identify six accessible course documents for review consisting of:
    • Course Syllabus (file format of choice)
    • Course Schedule (file format of choice)
    • Four additional documents at least one of which is a CougarVIEW Content Page
  • Identify the accessible audio or video file for review.
  • The Online Course Accessibility Specialist may review additional course documents if necessary to determine compliance.
  • The course review is due by Monday, July 9 (estimated time commitment is 10 to 15 hours).
  • Attend course accessibility review meeting upon completion of review. Accessibility specialist will share review results and provide feedback.
  • Advocate within colleges and departments for accessible online course content by speaking at one department and/or college meeting highlighting their training and work with this program.
  • Attend planning meeting for facilitating SIP workshop.
  • Recruit at least five colleagues to attend the above SIP workshop.
  • Co-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.


Event Date
Announcement of Request for Proposals (RFP) April 26, 2018
Applications due May 7, 2018
Announcement of Selected Participants May 23, 2018
Introductory meeting and SIP Workshop June 1, 2018 - 9 to 11 a.m.*
DIP Workshop June 8, 2018 - 9 to 11 a.m.*
Course revision work sessions (attend 2) Week of June 11-14, 2018*
Course revisions due July 9, 2018
Planning meeting for facilitating SIP workshop July 20, 2018 - 9 to 11 a.m.*
Course accessibility review meeting, after review is complete Arranged on individual basis
Facilitate a SIP workshop Fall 2018 / Spring 2019

*Attendance at these sessions is required of all participants.

Proposal Requirements

Complete and submit Cohort Program Application Form.

Training Descriptions

Supportive Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL SIP)

Learning objectives for the workshop:

  • Describe the types of disabilities experienced by our students.
  • Describe diverse students' need for accessible course content.
  • Identify the benefits of accessible course design to all learners.
  • Discuss the legal requirements for accessible course content in higher education.
  • Describe the CSU guidelines for course accessibility and how these align with Quality Matters (QM) standards.
  • Practice checking course content for accessibility using checkers for CougarVIEW and Office.

Developing Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL DIP)

Learning objectives for the workshop:

  • Apply the accessibility guidelines for online course content.
  • Design accessible CougarVIEW 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.