Full course description

Course Date:

Starts Jun 6, 2016




1-2 hrs/week



Course Type:





Gain a better understanding of accessibility as a civil rights issue and develop the knowledge and skills you need to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments.

Prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions, participate in peer review assignments, take short self-check quizzes, watch videos, and explore relevant readings. You will also earn badges that recognize your mastery of these competencies.


During this six-week course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize and address challenges faced by students with disabilities related to access, success, and completion.
  • Articulate faculty and staff roles in reducing barriers for students with disabilities.
  • Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in designing accessible learning experiences.
  • Analyze the benefits of Backward Design when developing learning experiences.
  • Use Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines to create accessible courses.
  • Determine which tools and techniques are appropriate based on course content.

Course Instructors

This Open SUNY course was developed by a collaborative team that includes instructional designers, disability services professionals, technologists, and faculty members from SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Buffalo State College.

SUNY Empire State Instructors

Kelly Hermann, Director of Disability Services
Dr. Kathleen Stone, Director for Curriculum and Instructional Design in the Center for Distance Learning
Julie Rummings, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design
Anne Lane, Assistant Director for Learning Environments
Dr. Antonia (Tonka) Jokelova, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design
Dr. Michele Forte, Assistant Professor and Mentor

SUNY Buffalo State Instructors

Sumana Silverheels, Technology Accommodations Coordinator in Disability Services
Ginger Bidell, Instructional Designer
Meghan Pereira, Senior Instructional Designer