Course Syllabus


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Accessibility 101: The Basics of Inclusive Design

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to the basics of accessibility, with emphasis placed on making content accessible while promoting proactive (as opposed to reactive) steps that people can take to create and advocate for accessible content. Participants will learn the language of accessibility, the laws that most impact higher ed, how to create accessible content, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and other useful information pertaining to accessible technology and the experience of people with disabilities. 

Course Objectives

  • Explain the importance and benefits of accessible/inclusive design.
  • Summarize the laws that protect people with disabilities in institutions of higher ed.
  • Differentiate between access and accommodation.
  • Employ Universal Design for Learning principles to design a lesson.
  • Create simple accessible documents, Canvas pages, PDFs, and/or PowerPoint presentations that include the following:
    • Use of headings and style guide
    • Alt-text for images
    • Descriptive hyperlinks
    • Accessible tables
  • Identify and use the various approaches to caption a video.
  • Take steps to ensure online technology is accessible to students, faculty, and staff on your campus.

Assignments & Assessments

Following the lessons in each module, you will be given a variety of self-check activities and a selection of module assessments to choose from. Check Your Understanding activities are graded, but you have two opportunities to complete them, which allows you to seek additional support if you need it in order to try again.

Most modules have options to select from for the module assessment. The module assessment options vary in what they require, allowing you to determine the best and most relevant way to demonstrate your understanding of the material. If you complete all three assessments, the highest two grades will be the ones that count towards your final grade. 

The goal of this course is to enhance your comfort with, and knowledge of, creating accessible content. To support you in this endeavor, and to help you meet the outcomes for this course, there is a requirement to meet one-on-one with an instructional designer at Bellevue College. This meeting can be face-to-face or online and needs to be completed by the end of the quarter. These meetings generally last between 30 minutes to an hour.

To pass the course, you need to score 85% or higher on the activities and have a final meeting with an instructional designer. 

Grade Policy

  • You are responsible for checking your own grade. Please click Grades from left navigation menu to see your grade and my comments

  • Grades are weighted. The distribution is as follows:

    • Module 1 Assessment: 25%
      • Required: Module 1 Quiz
      • Select one of the following:
        • Option A: UDL Instructional Strategies
        • Option B: UDL Assignment/Activity

    • Module 2 Assessment: 25%
      • Select two of the following:
        • Option A: Module 2 Quiz
        • Option B: MS Word Assignment
        • Option C: PPT Assignment 

    • Module 3 Assessment: 25%
      • Select two of the following:
        • Option A: Module 3 Quiz
        • Option B: Canvas Page
        • Option C: Captioned Video

    • Remaining Activities: 25%
      • Introduction Discussion
      • Check Your Understanding: Access or Accommodation?
      • Check Your Understanding: Principles of UDL
      • Check Your Understanding: Accessible Documents 
      • Check Your Understanding: Accessible PPT 
      • Check Your Understanding: Canvas Pages
      • Your Accessibility Action Plan

  • Since people work at different paces, we will do our best to grade all assignments within one business day.

  • There are two Extra Credit opportunities. For each one that you successfully complete, one point will be added to your final overall grade. 

Course Dates

This is a 6-week course that starts Monday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12th. Assignment due dates are listed for each assignment at the bottom of the Syllabus page.

Assignment due dates allow us to set a pace for the course. However, to avoid managing requests for extensions, we do allow for you to submit assignments late. Please note that submitting assignments after the due date may result in a delay in grading, as we may be busy grading another assignment. You may turn in late assignments through Wednesday, Nov. 15th, when the course officially closes.

We encourage you to schedule your required meeting with an instructional designer any time after you have completed the 3rd module and before the end of the course, Nov. 15th. However, you have until the end of the fall quarter to meet this requirement. 

The course and all of its resources will remain open and available to you well beyond the course dates.


Debi Griggs
Instructional Designer, eLearning, Bellevue College
Phone: 425-564-4210, M/W/TH: 9am-1pm

Betsy Zahrt Geib (Lead Facilitator)
Instructional Designer, eLearning, Bellevue College
Phone: 425-564-4210, M: 1pm-4pm, F: 9am-1pm


  • Our messages to you:

    • Please check Announcements from left navigation frequently. We will communicate with the participants through Announcements, not Canvas messages.

    • Please check our comments with your grade. We never give "0" point without explanation and advice. 

  •  Your messages to us:

    • If you have any questions about the course, please post them in the Course Q&A Discussion Forum. We'll be checking the forum frequently. If other class members know the answer to your question(s), they should feel free to respond. We prefer to communicate through the forum since it is important for the entire class to see all conversations related to course materials and activities. You will get a quicker response when you post a question to a forum as we check them more frequently than e-mail. If you email us questions about the course we will post the response in the discussion for everyone to see, as opposed to communicating the response to only you. 

    • For questions about your individual grade/submissions, etc, you can email the facilitator responsible for that module. We will respond to your email messages within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For example; if you email one of us at 3 PM on Friday, we will respond before 3 PM on Monday. 

Information: This workshop is facilitated by Bellevue College's eLearning team.
Find us at BC Connect.
A completion certificate and an eLearning badge will be provided.
Course Content: provided by SBCTC eLearning and Open Education
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