Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 17 - Nov 6, 2016


3 weeks


1 hr/week



Course Type:





With campuses now under fire for their course content not complying with 504, 508 and WACG2.0 guidelines, it is timely to visit the topic of accessibility in the educational setting. This MOOC introduces the importance of accessibility as an essential communication tool to provide equal, barrier-free access to information for educational institutions. Participants will be exposed to the legal guidelines and standards which affect most educational institutions. The MOOC will focus on accessibility principles and techniques, contextualized for educational users but will also be useful for anyone interested in applying accessibility tools to their communication. Read More.

Topics covered in the MOOC:

  • Principles of accessibility, why it is important, and who is affected in educational institutions.
  • The effect of accessibility barriers on people's access to information.
  • WACG 2.0 guidelines and resources as the international standard for web accessibility
  • Creating accessible MSOffice and PDF documents.
  • Creating accessible images, diagrams and charts.
  • Creating accessible audio and video resources.
  • Creating accessible HTML pages.


Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and use of the correct terminology to define accessibility in an educational setting and understand challenges associated with non-accessible content for persons with disabilities
  • Identify the elements of MSOffice and PDF documents necessary for meeting accessibility compliance
  • Locate the accessibility tool to correct identified errors and issues in a PDF
  • Identify areas to provide alternative text descriptions for images, diagrams and charts, and demonstrate techniques for making images, diagrams and charts accessible.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of POUR to develop accessible web pages and apply techniques to correct common web accessibility problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge and process of creating a transcript for an video or audio file and how to insert a transcript or create closed captions to a video for YouTube, or similar video hosting solution.

Course Instructors

The Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the statewide pathway to individual achievement and economic vitality. We provide an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional and personal goals by our students and other members of our communities, and we foster an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation.

Brenda M. Perea

Brenda M. Perea


Brenda M. Perea is the Instructional Design Project Manager for Colorado Community College System's special projects including the TAACCCT 1 and 3 grants. She works to ensure CCCS’s grant projects and curriculum are both collaborative and inclusive while benefiting post-secondary and workforce partnerships.

Brenda has spent the last 16 years in the instructional design field, with projects spanning academia, corporate and government/military. Her current projects include providing design and accessibility help for 300 hybrid and online course developments, while serving as a central resource for publishing grant material to OER. She is certified Quality Matters Peer reviewer and a Merlot Peer Reviewer so I am constantly critically reviewing other course designs in hopes of improving all online courses. Read More.

Additionally, for the past 18 months, she has been building knowledge awareness of digital badges to build the necessary ecosystem to ensure learning is recognized and valued through micro-credentialing. In 2016, she is the lead on CCCS’ badging initiative building collaboration between the 13 system colleges, 3 independent 4-year universities, 27 rural workforce centers and 3 industry sector associations. Her participation in the Badge Alliance working groups is helping shape the national conversation on higher education badging, industry and business interest and workforce participant credentialing.