Skip to Main Content

Center of
Online Learning

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 Online Course 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 Quality Matters (QM) course Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), or the most current edition if previously completed.
  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.


General Requirements

  • Ensure you have no schedule conflicts and can fully participate in all the events on the timeline below.
  • Completion of all surveys and evaluations for the improvement of COOL’s Cohort Program.

Training Requirements

  • Attend both the COOL Supportive Inclusive Practices (SIP) and COOL Developing Inclusive Practices (DIP) training sessions. Each session lasts 2 hours.
  • Choose two of four scheduled work sessions to attend.

Redesign and Review Requirements

  • Revise course content (in proposed course) to meet CSU Accessibility Guidelines Checklist. The Accessibility Specialist will review course documents to determine compliance with the CSU Accessibility Guidelines checklist. The documents and pages must cumulatively demonstrate accessible color contrast, headings, links, images, lists, and a table. The audio or video file must have accessible transcripts (audio) or captions (video).
  • Identify six accessible course documents for review consisting of:
    • Course Syllabus (file format of choice, CougarVIEW HTML format preferred)
    • Course Schedule (file format of choice, CougarVIEW HTML format preferred)
    • Four additional documents at least one of which is a CougarVIEW Content Page
  • Identify the accessible audio or video file for review.
  • The Accessibility Specialist may review additional course documents if necessary to determine compliance.
  • The course review is due by Monday, July 8 (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.
  • Revise course based on feedback provided.

Advocacy Requirements

  • Advocate within colleges and departments for accessible online course content by speaking at one department and/or college meeting highlighting the work in this program.
  • Attend planning meeting for facilitating SIP workshop.
  • Recruit at least five colleagues, preferably in your college or department, to attend a SIP workshop.
  • Co-facilitate a SIP workshop for colleagues with the Accessibility Specialist.
  • Support faculty attending SIP workshop in checking their course syllabus for accessibility.


Event Date
Announcement of Request for Proposals (RFP) April 24, 2019
Applications due May 6, 2019
Announcement of Selected Participants May 23, 2019
Introductory meeting and SIP Workshop June 4, 2019 - 9 to 11 a.m.**
DIP Workshop** June 5, 2019 - 9 to 11 a.m.**
Course revision work sessions (attend two)**

June 6, 2019 - 9 to 11 a.m

June 11, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.

June 12, 2019 - 2 to 4 p.m.

June 13, 2019 - 9 to 11 a.m.

Course revisions due July 8, 2019
Planning meeting for facilitating SIP workshop July 19, 2019 - 9 to 11 a.m.***
Course accessibility review meeting, after review is complete Arranged on individual basis
Facilitate a SIP workshop Fall 2019 / Spring 2020

**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 post-secondary students.
  • Describe diverse students' need for accessible course content.
  • Identify the benefits of accessible course design to all learners.
  • Identify 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.
  • Evaluate the accessibility of course content and formulate a remediation plan.

Developing Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL DIP)

Learning objectives for the workshop:

  • Apply the CSU online course accessibility guidelines.
  • Design accessible CougarVIEW pages.
  • Design accessible Word Documents.
  • Design accessible PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Design or select accessible multimedia.
  • Convert accessible documents to PDF.
  • Create accessible course documents and audio or video file.

Scheduled Work Sessions

Choose two of four scheduled work sessions. Apply the CSU Online Course Accessibility Guidelines to the six course documents and video identified for review. The Accessibility Specialist will be present to answer questions and provide support during these sessions. Additional course revisions to ensure documents and video meet CSU Accessibility Guidelines will be made independently by the Accessibility Champions.

Course Accessibility Review Meeting Description

The Accessibility Specialist will review the specified course documents for compliance with the CSU Accessibility Guidelines and provide detailed feedback. The findings of the review and specific examples in the course documents will be discussed during the meeting. Suggestions for revisions to improve compliance with the accessibility guidelines will be provided.

Co-facilitated SIP Planning Meeting Description

Review the Supportive Inclusive Practices (Take a COOL SIP) facilitator manual. Cohort members select either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 to co-facilitate a SIP workshop with the Accessibility Specialist. The Accessibility Specialist will design and develop the workshop. The cohort member and the Accessibility Specialist will develop a plan for workshop implementation.