Below are resources that provide information on making your online environment in D2L Brightspace accessible.

Designing an Accessible Online Course

This toolkit was developed quickly to assist campuses across the country who are moving online virtually overnight in response to COVID-19. We will continue our editing in the coming days, so please forgive any typographical errors.

We hope this toolkit will help ensure that this rapid change to an online format does not result in lack of access for students with disabilities.

Web Accessibility Handbook

Portland Community College (PCC) has offered to share its Web Accessibility Handbook. The handbook includes info on making D2L Brightspace webpages and numerous document types accessible and suitable for online courses.  It is licensed under Creative Commons and free for you to use and revise, provided you give credit to PCC. Visit this page to download the handbook. It’s chock-full of resources, examples and how-to instructions.

Karen Wenz
IMS System Site Administrator
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

How-To Guide for Creating Accessible Online Learning Content

Online learning is exploding! Most students will take at least one online class before graduating from high school or college. Today, students with disabilities struggle to use these new tools because websites, learning management systems and course content are not created with them in mind. Ironically, online learning could be a place where students with disabilities can achieve their goals of independence and preparation for careers and jobs. The online world provides the place where disability anonymity is possible and students are honored for their ideas and contributions.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this guide explores accessibility issues and provides straight forward advice and guidance about creating usable content whether you are a novice or advanced author of course content.


Welcome to OER and Accessibility

“Our mission is to enable the community of accessible technology experts, advocates, and users to build an online community and collection of open education resources that can improve universal learning by facilitating the contribution and sharing of accessible technology information, expertise, and accessible online teaching and learning materials.” For more information on OER go to this site.

OER = Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an opportunity for people to share, use, and reuse knowledge