Tutorials on Creating Accessible Course Material
Creating Accessible PDF Files
The Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) provides a convenient way to transport, view, and print electronic documents. PDF files can be created in other applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or they can be produced by scanning a hard copy print document. An accessible PDF document will contain text (as opposed to image only) as well as structure to allow students using various forms of technology to read the content contained in the PDF. A universally designed PDF helps you avoid technological barriers that may inhibit your students’ ability to obtain important information the document.
Use the tutorials below to learn how to create universally designed PDFs.
Adobe Accessibility Tutorials
Adobe offers accessibility tutorials at the following link, for making accessible PDFs. Tutorials include instructions for Acrobat 9 and Acrobat X. Instructions cover creating accessible PDFs from Word documents, creating accessible PDFs from scanned documents and creating accessible forms.
You can also download a hard copy here Converting to Accessible PDF with Adobe Acrobat X - Quick Start Guide
Creating Accessible Microsoft Documents with Word, PP & Excel
Universally designed Word documents offer important benefits to you and your readers.
- A clearly defined structure and are therefore easier to navigate.
- They offer information in multiple formats, which ensures equal access to information contained in images and tables.
- Designed to improve readability and comprehension.
- They easily convert to other file formats, like PDF and HTML, while preserving all of the accessibility and usability features.
Microsoft Accessibility Tutorials
We suggest the following tutorials:
PowerPoint, is commonly used in higher education to
- illustrate and reinforce the key points of a lecture.
- enhance student learning by presenting information in a variety of formats—text, images, and multimedia.
A universally designed PowerPoint will also help you avoid technological barriers that may inhibit your students’ ability to obtain important information in your lecture.
PowerPoint Accessibility Tutorials
Microsoft provides many accessibility articles and tutorials for Office 2010. Use the articles to learn about accessibility features or watch one of the video tutorials on how to create accessible documents. We suggest the following tutorials:
- Creating accessible PowerPoint documents tutorial (PowerPoint 2010 or 2007)
Excel documents have a clearly defined structure and are therefore easier to navigate. They offer information in multiple formats, which ensures equal access to information contained in images, objects, and tables. They follow guidelines designed to improve readability and comprehension.
Excel Accessibility Tutorials
Multimedia instructional materials add richness to the higher education learning experience. Videos, podcasts and animations are popular with many students, who find them to be an engaging supplement to traditional lectures.
Despite their popularity and ubiquity in modern culture, however, multimedia can present serious challenges for learners with disabilities. Perhaps the biggest challenge is related to captioning.
The Educational Technology Center, www.msudenver.edu/etc on campus can assist in adding captioning to videos.
If you would like further assistance with creating accessible course material please contact the Access Center, 303-615-0200.