Texas Tech University

Accessibility and OER

While most OER are created in a digital format, it is important to remember that just because it's digital, does not mean that it is automatically accessible to all students. When using or creating an OER, it is important to keep accessibility in mind so that all students are able to use the content in a way that works best for them to be successful. 

To assist faculty through the process of locating, using, and creating accessible OER, we have gathered a variety of resources for you to reference.

Accessibility Services at Texas Tech University

eLearning Accessibility Services: The eLearning Department provides free accessibility services to help faculty create and add accessibility components to content. 

Student Disability Services: The Student Disability Services Department also has a webpage dedicated to web accessibility

Blackboard Ally: Blackboard Ally is a tool available through the Blackboard Learning Management System that allows faculty to create accessible content. 

Resources for Accessible OER

OER Accessibility Toolkit : Developed by the University of British Columbia, this toolkit provides you with a variety of resources to help you in accessible OER creation.

BCcampus Open Education Accessibility Toolkit, 2nd Edition: This toolkit is support guide and serves as a supplement to the BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide

            This video is a recorded workshop from the Open Education Conference in 2020. The goal of this workshop is to provide "basic, practical ways to create open resources that are equally open and accessible to people with learning and/or physical disabilities," (Open Education Conference Schedule). 

                 In this video sponsored by the Open Education Network, the panelists discuss how to evaluate OER for accessibility components. 

Accessibility and Open Educational Resources: This resource explores the connection and opportunities between Universal Design Learning and accessible OER.  

Accessibility Tools

WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool: WAVE allows web content creators to determine the accessibility of their pages for those with disabilities. 

WebAIM: WebAIM provides you with various resources to help you create and use resources that are accessible to all users.