Accessible Instructional Material Bootcamp


Presented at 9:15am in Standley II Lab on Friday, November 18, 2016.



  • Jackie Luft, Ed.D., Online Accessibility Specialist, Texas Tech University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


This active learning session will discuss how making simple adjustments in your online courses and implementing Universal Design of Learning that will make content more accessible. Participants will learn and practice styles, table headers, alternative text, saving accessible documents, and other elements used in an online classroom environment.


Recent litigations involving higher education agencies are changing the way instructors develop their online courses. Making accessible content and implementing Universal Design of Learning is best implemented at the onset of courses, but can also be added if a course is already online. Three software programs that instructors use on a regular basis to provide information in courses are Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Pro. This session will guide participants through the process for both already established and currently being created courses. Participants in this session, should come with Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents that they will use while learning how to use tools in the software programs to manipulate their documents in online classrooms. These techniques will not only provide accessibility to students with disabilities, but also encompass Universal Design of Learning.


  1. Creating and saving accessible Word and PowerPoint
  2. Analyzing PDFs for accessibility
  3. Converting non-accessible PDFs to accessible versions

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design

Speaker Bio(s)

Jackie Luft, Ed.D.

Jackie L. Luft, Ed.D. is the Accessibility Specialist for Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning where she works with our instructional design team to ensure all our online courses are ADA complaint. Her experience before joining Texas Tech includes both public K-12 and higher education settings, including both face-to-face and online instruction, consultation and administration. Dr. Luft has one child in high school and one in college. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoors excursions (she recently hiked across the Continental Divide), surfing Pinterest for craft ideas, and spending time with her Labrador Retrievers Elvis and Buddy and her cat Zorro.


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