In accordance with UM policy and state and federal laws, UMOnline is committed to ensuring barrier-free access to online learning and UM's learning management system. UMOnline provides support to faculty and staff who develop content in this system, and any user who encounters a barrier is encouraged to contact our office. We work with vendors to continuously improve the system and welcome your feedback.
Universal design for learning and digital inclusion address a broad range of issues that are focused on making technology available to all people. By emphasizing universal design principles in the development of online, blended and face-to-face course supplements, UMOnline supports the construction of online learning experiences that take into account varying learning preferences and accessibility issues. Key considerations in designing an accessible online learning environment are:
- Make sure the course content is well structured and easy to navigate.
- Take advantage of accessibility features that are built into Moodle (tools for creating tagged headings and lists, quiz time extension options, etc.).
- Ensure hyperlinks make sense out of context. Phrases like "click here" are problematic.
- Caption videos and provide text transcripts for audio content.
- Provide appropriate alternative text for images.
- Summarize information contained in graphs and charts in the narrative body of the page.
- Do not use color alone to convey meaning.
- Ensure accessibility of non-Moodle content (Word, Powerpoint, PDF files).
For more information about providing student accommodations in Moodle or to have your course and documents reviewed for accessibility, please contact UMOnline’s Accessibility Specialist:
Marlene Zentz, (406) 243-6434.