Center For Accessibility Resources

Accessible Syllabi

Review Digital Accessibility at LBCC for more information on how to make accessible documents. If you have any additional questions about document accessibility, please contact formata@linnbenton.edu. 

 

 

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 (Google)

Accessible Syllabus Template (Word)

 

 

Additional Resources: 

Making Electronic Documents Accessible: Minnesota IT Services

Microsoft Education: Training Teachers to Author Accessible Content

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word

Image Description Guidelines: DIAGRAM Center