Introduction to Online Course Accessibility

Presented at 9:00am in Standley II Lab on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.



  • Joseph Feria-Galicia, Accessibility Team Lead, UC Berkeley
  • Luis Perez, Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (the AEM Center)

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


This full-day workshop introduces online course accessibility through a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theoretical lens. Reasons for building and maintaining accessible courses are contextualized, explained and demonstrated from both a student and institutional perspective. Emphasis is given to the use and evaluation of features within an LMS.


This workshop utilizes multiple format types including whole group lectures and demonstrations, small group discussions, and hands-on activities for individuals or groups to apply new knowledge and skills. Additionally, participants are given access to an online course where they can engage, create and evaluate online content. In this course, participants can access strategies for accessible best practices and engage pre-recorded video interviews of individuals with various disabilities emphasizing the learning objectives for this workshop. Captions and downloadable transcripts are available for every video shared during the workshop. At the end of the session, participants will confidently create content in the following platforms: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Canvas. Additionally, participants will be able to apply UDL concepts to their particular learning contexts.


  1. Understand the importance and impact of accessible course design and instructional media.
  2. Demonstrate basic proficiency in the creation and delivery of accessible content within an LMS.
  3. Contextualize one's understanding of the UDL framework within an online course environment.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Joseph Feria-Galicia

As the Accessibility Team Lead with Research Teaching and Learning at UC Berkeley, Joe promotes the creation of accessible instructional materials that provide access to online content for all users. He contextualizes this role within a civil rights lens impacting historically excluded communities. In his free time, Joe enjoys family time, mountain biking, walks and watching the NBA

Luis Perez

As a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, Luis promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. Prior to joining the AEM Center, Luis was an independent consultant focusing on mobile learning, UDL and assistive technology. He was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014. Luis is President-Elect of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator.