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 CSU Online Course Accessibility Guidelines

Columbus State University Center of Online Learning serves faculty by supporting online learning in all forms and provides accessibility services including training for building accessible online courses. Columbus State University is committed to supporting accessibility of its online course content to people with disabilities. This is accomplished by providing training, captioning services, instructional design support to faculty, and online course content evaluation to ensure accessible course design. Columbus State University strives to have all online courses accessible to people with disabilities and is guided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level A and AA. Existing online courses will be evaluated using the Columbus State University Online Course Accessibility Checklist.

Perceivable

Reference Number

Accessibility Standard

P1

Provide alternative text descriptions for images.

P2

Provide complete description for complex images in adjacent text on the page.

P3

Provide or request accurate captions for video.

P4

Provide or request accurate transcripts for audio and video.

P5

Use nested heading styles to provide page or document structure. 

P6

Use paragraph tools to create empty character or line space.

P7

Format lists as ordered list or non-ordered list.

P8

Create tables with column and/or row headers.

P9

Format table headers as header cells or repeat header rows.

P10

Use sufficient color contrast between font color and background (4:5:1 for text less than 18 pt).

P11

Support use of color by conveying meaning with secondary methods.

Operable

Reference Number

Accessibility Standard

O1

Create unique titles for course pages and slides.
O2 Describe link destination within link text.
O3 Avoid use of transitions or timed functions.
O4 Provide user control of time limits.
O5 Eliminate or limit blinking / flashing content to fewer than 3 per second.

Understandable

Reference Number

Accessibility Standard

U1

Provide clear and consistent navigation.

U2

Maintain a logical reading order in documents, tables, slides, and forms.

U3

Identify the language of the document or page.

U4

Write math and science equations in accessible format.

Robust

Reference Number

Accessibility Standard

R1

Ensure accessibility of third party tools, materials, or websites used in course. 

Additional Recommendations

Reference Number

Accessibility Standard

AR1

Include the CSU ADA and 504 statement in the course syllabus.

AR2

Include a link to the CSU Center for Accommodation and Access in the course syllabus.

AR3

Include a link to accessibility policies for required applications.