The Quality Matters Rubric (Quality Matters, 2011), a nationally recognized benchmark for the quality of the design of online courses, holds accessibility as an essential element of a high-quality online course. Creating and editing courses with accessible elements can be difficult, both in understanding and in process, as being able to interpret and administer the technical standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (1998) takes time and study. Customizing a definition of accessibility in online courses and creating the specific elements and best practices for an institution is essential in carrying out a plan for editing and developing accessible online courses and meeting the Quality Matters Rubric (Quality Matters, 2011). The purpose of this paper is to outline the process that Excelsior College used to establish an accessibility standards list and implementation plan to fit specifically with the course design and student population and to describe some best practices in coding and accessible design requirements to meet Standards 8.3 and 8.4 of the Quality Matters Rubric.
"Get Rid of the Gray: Make Accessibility More Black and White!,"
Internet Learning: Vol. 3
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.apus.edu/internetlearning/vol3/iss1/4
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