Path 6: Designing for Accessibility in Online Learning.


There are many simple design elements you can build into your online course to support students with disabilities, while at the same time improving the course experience for all students. By designing with accessibility in mind, you'll anticipate the needs of a variety of students and will be less likely to have to make changes to course formatting once the course begins.

If you still have questions after reviewing the resources, set up a group consult with your department, unit, or group of instructors, OR, join us at our weekly Drop-in Q&As for instructors.

Register for a Weekly eLearning Q&A Drop-ins

At each Q&A, an eLearning Specialist from the Centre for Teaching and Learning and an eLearning Technology Specialist from Western Technology Services join together to field your questions.

Instructors and staff can learn more about the upcoming dates and times available and register for an eLearning Q&A Drop-in here.

If you have any questions or problems registering, please contact

Instructions for booking a group consult

Please fill out a Book a Group Online Course Design Consult form here


Email with the details of your consultation request

  • Name
  • Email
  • Role (faculty, grad student, postdoc, librarian/archivist, administrator, staff)
  • Faculty / Department
  • Reason (Book a Group Online Course Design Consult)
  • Key questions / topics you would like to discuss

If you have not received a response to your inquiry within five business days, please email

Accessible Word and PDF Documents [6 min]

Make your word and PDF documents more easily readable for text-to-speech assistive reading devices.

Video Transcripts and Closed Captioning [4 min]

Learn about different ways you can provide text with your course videos.

Creating Accessible OWL Course Sites [5 min]

Apply elements from the first two videos in this pathway with techniques for creating a more accessible OWL site to create an accessible course for your students.

View Path 7: Choosing and Providing Access to Course Readings