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Creating Accessible Online Course Content

This poster is part of the Distance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session hosted by the ACRL DLS Instruction Committee. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster! Authors will respond to comments between April 1-5.


Lauren Wittek, Central Washington University

Poster Description:

As online enrollment increases, knowing how to create accessible content is vital. This poster highlights free and low-cost tools librarians can incorporate into all aspects of their course to meet legal and ethical standards. These tools will be useful for the generation of new material and retrofitting previously created content.


(Click the square icon at the bottom to enlarge the poster. A text-based accessible version of this poster is also available for download.)

About the Presenter: 

Lauren Wittek is the User Experience and Assessment Librarian at Central Washington University (CWU). She has worked in academic libraries for three years, but has worked in higher education for over a decade. Lauren is passionate about UX and will be earning her Certificate in Accessibility Studies next year.


  1. Thanks for sharing these helpful tools. I’m going to try out WAVE to check the accessibility of our LibGuides.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these tools, Lauren! I am keeping them handy for the future. What have you found to be the most common obstacle/difficulty for implementing/using these?

  3. If anyone has any additional free or low-cost tools they use that were not included in my poster, I would love to hear about them. I have found it’s incredible helpful to keep a running list of resources and refer back to it every now and again when I’m creating online content.

  4. This is great! I love the layout of this presentation. We are doing a lot of this in NC and at UNCG in terms of training people on the basics of accessibility, so I would love to team up if you are interested in doing something for librarians at a larger level as well. We are a Google EDU school and use a lot of Google Slides and Docs in our training’s and tutorials, so I am just starting to use Grackle Docs (which has a slides Chrome add on) to make our slides more accessible as well.
    We also use the automatic CC feature in YouTube in terms of close captioning our videos. The NVDA screenreader is also good for getting the experience of a screen reader on your content for free. Thanks again for your poster!

    • Hi, Samantha! I would love to learn more about your training. My institution uses Microsoft Office, but I am keen on learning more about Google’s accessibility tools. You can reach me at lauren[dot]wittek[at]cwu.edu. I’m adding Grackle Docs to my list right now. Thanks for sharing additional resources!

  5. Well done! Clean, informative, comprehensive layout that gives background information and useful tools. Thank you!

  6. This is very well done, and thank you for providing an alternative format for the poster! One of my colleagues often mentions that having to provide accessible accommodations is, at its heart, a general usability and user experience issue, and I think you captured that in the UDL section of your poster.

  7. Thank you, Perry. My time at UW taught me well! 🙂

    I feel the exact same way as your colleague. Offering multiple entry points to the course material is not just something “nice” an instructor does—it’s UX and the law! Understandably, learning about accessibility can feel quite daunting, but once you start thinking of it as a way to maximize learning it becomes a fun and worthwhile challenge.

  8. Thanks for sharing this highly useful poster board. I really appreciate the alternative format. I realize this can distort the hyperlink cleanness feel, but is it too much to inquire also about adding a text link?

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