Accessibility Standards & Guidelines

Standards & Guidelines Used by AI&e

  • AI&e eLearning courses will be inclusively developed and maintained using principles of Universal Design, in conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – Version 2 (WCAG 2.0), Level A.
  • AI&e eLearning courses will be developed to meet the Quality Matters Specific Standard 7.2 and General Standard 8 that together address accessibility. Learn more at Quality Matters
  • Distance Learning Program (DLP) Accessibility Indicators for students, course designers, instructors, and program evaluators from the DO-IT Admin project will be used by instructional designers as a metric for universal design when working at the programmatic level.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

The W3C - World Wide Web Consortium - develops standards that are widely observed around all things World Wide Web, including accessibility. Accessibility guidelines are the WCAG (Wuh-Cag) guidelines. These are the principal guidelines that UAA must follow for web-based content, including course content.

Quality Matters Standards for Online Course Design 

Standard 7.2 ensures that students can readily find within a course where accessibility services are at UAA.  General Standard 8 addresses a variety of accessibility-related facets of course design including navigation, ease of use, readability with minimal distractions, accessible files and course content formats, accessible multimedia formats and ease of use, and ensuring that tools used in a course have an accessibility statement and that it is available to students for review. 

AI&e addresses these topics regularly in our training and professional development efforts. A workshop provided by Quality Matters will also give faculty an excellent overview of General Standard 8. Our office can provide any UAA faculty member with a complete set of the QM Standards to use in your course design and development efforts.

Distance Learning Program Accessibility Indicators

The University of Washington's DO-IT project developed a set of ten indicators of distance learning program accessibility. Our work with designing or revising online programs references these indicators as part of our overall approach.