Accessible Syllabi

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 

Additional Resources: 

"Making Electronic Documents Accessible: Minnesota IT Services" 

Microsoft Education: Training Teachers to Author Accessible Content

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word

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