Course materials


  • Are my course textbooks available from the publisher in a digital format?

Learning Management System Content

Content created in a learning management system such as Moodle is one of the easiest ways to make instructional materials accessible.

  • Is the navigation structure in my Moodle course clear and consistent?
  • Did I create accessible content (e.g. pages, labels, assignments, etc.) using the text editor in Moodle?
    • Did I use a sans-serif font (such as Arial or Verdana)?
    • Did I add heading styles to my content?
    • Did I add alternate text to images?
    • Did I provide an explanatory paragraph for graphs, diagrams, timelines, or other complex images?
    • Did I format lists as proper list styles?
    • Did I avoid using color alone to convey information?
    • Did I provide enough color contrast? (See the WebAIM Color Contrast Checker)
    • Did I provide self-describing links?
    • Did I use tables for tabular data (rather than for layout purposes), with appropriate table headers?
    • Did I use Advanced forums for my online discussions?
    • Do my quizzes contain one question per page?
    • Did I adjust the settings of timed tests for students who require extended time on tests? 
  • Was the content in my Moodle course (such as Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, etc.) created following the accessibility guidelines on this website?
  • Do I manage web conferences (Blackboard Collaborate) in an accessible manner? See the following resources: Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Guide for Moderators and Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Guide for Participants.
  • Contact UMOnline at (406) 243-6434 for guidance.

Class documents

UMOnline can assist with online courses and supplements while Accessible Technology Services provides a course review of all resources that aren't Moodle-based.


All software / hardware purchased or used at the University of Montana, must be reviewed by Accessible Technology Services in IT.

  • Did I select accessible software for student use?
  • If the software is inaccessible, have I looked at alternate software in conjunction with ATS or consulted Disability Services for Students for appropriate accommodations?


  • If I use an iClicker or a similar audience response system, does the manufacturer provide a response system that is accessible?
  • Are questions provided in an accessible electronic format that a student can access during the exercise?
  • Do my iClicker questions require the use of inaccessible hardware/software (e.g. graphing calculators to complete statistics exercises)? If so, do I allow my students to work in groups or do I have a plan for providing additional time/assistance?

Library Electronic Reserves

  • Are my course reserve materials in an accessible and readable format?
  • Did I choose materials from publishers and journals that provide accessible electronic content?
  • Did I submit my course reserve materials to the Mansfield Library a minimum of 2 days in advance from the date they will be used in class? See Placing Materials on Course Reserve for information about the Library's guidelines on placing course materials on e-reserves.
  • Did I establish a plan to provide an equal alternate form of access to content I placed on electronic reserves and traditional reserves, if either are not accessible by the first day of class?


  • Did I follow web accessibility guidelines when designing faculty or course webpages, blogs, wikis, etc.?
  • Did I select accessible websites for class activities and resources?

Webinars & third party educational products

Video and Audio

Mansfield Library looks for captioned versions of needed video and audio content. If needed, ATS provides captions (opens in new window) for campus.  

  • Are my videos captioned?
  • Are transcripts available for my audio-based materials?
  • If I could not locate a closed captioned/audio described version of my video, did I request assistance from the Mansfield Library?
  • Did I establish a plan to caption videos that will be spontaneously identified and/or generated throughout the semester for use in my course curriculum?

FacPacks (Course Packs)

  • Is FacPack content available in an accessible electronic format?
  • Is FacPack content available online in Moodle? Contact UMOnline for guidance at (406) 243-6434.
  • Have I established a plan to provide an accessible electronic format by the first day of class? Contact Brenda Miller, Alternative Formats Specialist at Accessible Technology Services, at (406) 243-2616 for guidance.


These guidelines are based on recommendations from the following national organizations: