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Moodle: Making Materials Accessible

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What is Universal Design?

Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.Ron Mace

The intent of universal design is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal design benefits people of all ages and abilities.

UDL Q & A  for Higher Education

Who Benefits from Universal Design?

  • Students who speak English as a second language
  • International students
  • Older students
  • Students with disabilities
  • A teacher whose teaching style is inconsistent with the student’s preferred learning style
  • All students

Accessibility Assistance for Faculty Using Moodle


The Moodle Support team (Rosemary Deegan, George Missonis and Bonnie Stoltz) will work with faculty to ensure that their course materials can be delivered to all students. Our goal is to provide instruction in how to make appropriate and effective accommondations that do not compromise academic standards or affect essential program requirements.

Instructions are available for the following services:

HELP for Accessible Content Creation

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The National Center on Disabilities and Access to Education - Goals Project has developed a new set of resources, or “cheat sheets” to help assist individuals in the quest to create accessible content. GOALS currently has four cheat sheets available, addressing the following topics:

  • Creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • PDF conversion in Microsoft Word
  • Creating accessible PDF documents in Acrobat X

Each resource is a single page, and is intended to be printed. View the cheat sheets (PDF)

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This is a series of of online lessons about building accessibility into web-based humanities content.  There are 5 lessons: introducing accessibility; accessible images; accessible video and audio, accessible data tables; and evaluation and testing.

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Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech which is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students. GRADE alos posts Fact Sheets on Accessible Distance Education