Why should I ensure that my syllabus is accessible?
- Ensuring that course material is accessible provides diverse learners with the means and opportunity to obtain information in ways that meet their individual needs.
- An accessible syllabus is formatted to allow a screen reader to turn text into speech for students with print related disabilities (blind, low vision, reading comprehension, processing, various learning disabilities).
- Your syllabus outlines course rules and expectations. A clear, well-organized syllabus can help students understand what is expected of them and gives them a way to organize their time and workload.
- Accessible course material is required by federal law under Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Using the syllabus template may be your first step toward creating accessible course material.
Instructions for using the Accessible Syllabus Template
- Based on LBCC's recommended syllabus content, the template is divided into sections that can be rearranged, removed, or modified to fit your course and teaching style.
- Adjust heading language and content to fit your course.
- The syllabus includes common language to describe campus policies and services and serves as a guideline for you. Be sure to read each section and change language to fit your course needs.
- Please Note: Use one of the approved Syllabus Statements on your syllabus without altering the statement of choice.
Accessible Syllabus Template
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