Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Creating Accessible Course Materials - Spring 2023

SPRING Quarter - fully online, April 10 - May 7, 2023

hands raised disability symbolsWorkshop Description

Accessibility is key to creating inclusive learning spaces for students with disabilities. This 4-week fully online workshop for faculty provides hands-on experience creating accessible course content in Canvas. Participants will create an accessible Canvas page, Word document or PowerPoint presentation, and video with captions. You will also explore the Ally tool in Canvas to identify and fix inaccessible course content. A $500 stipend is available for eligible participants. 


Stipend Information and Time Commitment

This workshop is fully online and takes place on the dates listed above, with weekly assignments due on Sundays. The culminating activity is due one week after the workshop ends, and will take about 2 hours to complete. This workshop is designed for faculty and instructors who currently teach at Cal Poly. A $500 stipend is available for those who complete all readings, quizzes and assignments with an 80% minimum grade on each. Please read the CTLT Stipend eligibility policy to see if you are eligible. Time commitment is 7-10 hours per week for a total of 28-40 hours, depending on prior knowledge, skill level and experience.


The California State University Accessible Technology Initiative was established in 2006 to provide resources, support, and guidance for all CSU campuses to comply with federal accessibility requirements (Section 508). A larger goal is to help campuses create inclusive communities that provide equitable and flexible access to all electronic information and resources, including instructional materials for students.  Learn more: CSU ATI Instructional Materials.

Workshop Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why course materials need to be accessible for students with disabilities
  2. Identify Federal, State, and Cal Poly accessibility requirements
  3. Create an accessible Canvas page, Word document or PowerPoint presentation, and video with captions
  4. Apply accessibility checks to identify and fix inaccessible course content
  5. Locate campus resources available to assist instructors and students with accessibility issues


Learn more about creating accessible course content including documents, PowerPoint and videos on our Accessibility Resources page.  


Pam Dougherty, Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist, CTLT

Please contact Pam with your questions! padoughe@calpoly.edu


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