Easy Steps for Accessible Lecture, Discussion/Conference, and Presentation Videos (revision of 36109)



  • Kristin Juhrs, Senior Accessibility Instructructional Designer, The University of Alabama

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session provides three easy Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines for videos/video-conferences anyone can implement to make their videos and video-conferences accessible. These guidelines not only help people with disabilities have equal access to the information in the videos, they also help everyone who watches the video/video conference, providing greater clarity and more than one modality of sharing and receiving information.


The use of video in online classrooms is increasing in popularity. Instructors are recording lecture videos, having students participate in live video discussions/conferences, and having students post presentation videos for peer review. This varied use of video help students connect more with the content, the instructor, and with each other. However, it also creates accessibility challenges.

How do you make sure all of the videos instructors and students create are accessible? What is required for video accessibility beyond captioning? How do you easily make sure that everyone knows what to do and incorporates all of the accessibility measures (with minimal effort required) in the videos they create? How do you make accessible video authoring a standard for instructors as well as students? What should be the standards for online course videos/video-conferences?

This session will cover practical and easy accessibility steps to ensure that the videos instructors and students make for one another are as accessible as possible.

Multiple case study examples of videos/video-conferences in online courses and their corresponding standard language guidelines for prompts will be provided.


  1. Student and Instructor video/video-conference prompts require all visuals and sounds to be said aloud.
  2. Students and Instructors are required in all video/video-conference prompts to avoid flashing/flickering.
  3. Reminder instructions for how to access live captioning must be provided for all video-conferences.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kristin Juhrs

Kristin Wyatt Juhrs, M.A. is the Senior Accessibility Instructional Designer at The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies. She has over 23 years of experience in education accessibility, 15 years of experience as an educator (online learning, publications, and teaching), and 10 years of instructional design experience. For the past 3 years, she has led The University of Alabama Online’s course accessibility efforts, making UA is a national leader in online course accessibility. She is a Certified Adobe PDF Accessibility Trainer. She holds Section 508 web standards and authoring accessible documents certificates through the Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, Department of Homeland Security. She recently authored the chapter, “The University of Alabama Online’s Digital Accessibility Course Development Process, Practices, and Tools,” for the QM book, A Guide to Digital Accessibility: Policies, Practices, and Professional Development.