D2L - Content Accessibility

Last Updated: 08/22/2017

Creating Accessible Content in D2L

Instructors using the HTML Editor should ensure that they are creating content that is accessible to all students. For further information about ensuring the accessibility of your course materials, please contact CU’s Universal Design consultant or contact the IT Service center at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone) or help@colorado.edu.

Recommendations for creating accessible content

  • Use headings to organize your material. Make sure they are used in a logical hierarchical order; don't skip heading levels when creating subsections. For example, if your top-most section is Heading 1, the subsections directly under that heading should be Heading 2 rather than Heading 3 or 4. Read more about this on the D2L Accessible Content Structure page. The D2L Accessible HTML Template contains an example of this type of heading structure, and is available for download and use in D2L.
  • If you are adding images, make sure to include meaningful alternative text for them using the dialog box that appears after you add an image to your page. The alternative text should be sufficient to explain the purpose or content of the image to someone who cannot see it. Add only as much detail to the alt-text as is needed to convey its purpose or meaning. View the WebAIM guidelines for alt-text for more details on how to do this.
    • If your course content includes an infographic that cannot be properly summarized through alt-text, make sure that all of the information contained in the infographic is duplicated in plain text on your page.
  • Use tables only for data, not for layout purposes. If you include a data table, use the Accessibility Checker interface to make it accessible by adding header row indicators and a table caption.

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