Assessing Accessibility: How Accessible are Online Courses for Students with Disabilities?

This article discusses the accessibility features of six online courses on the Webcourses platform. The free tool for evaluating the accessibility of webpages (WAVE) was used for the individual analysis completed by six online instructors. Among the 13 types of challenges identified, the five represented across evaluations in order of prevalence are: 1) Incompatible with screen readers, 2) Use of JavaScript, 3) Content opens in pop-up windows, 4) Problematic links to text and 5) Tables without headers.



Massengale, L. R., & Vasquez III, E. (2016). Assessing Accessibility: How Accessible Are Online Courses for Students with Disabilities?. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 16(1), 69-79.