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Accessibility guide for creating OER

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This guide was created to assist CUNY Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on:
  • Creating Accessible Content:
    • Tips on how to create accessible Word documents
    • Tips on how to create accessible PDFs
    • Tips on how to create accessible Images
    • Tips on how to create accessible Videos and other multimedia
  • Platforms:
    • What OER platforms are accessible?
    • What are the pros and cons of using each platform?
  • Evaluating your OER site:
    • Determine if your site is accessible
    • See how to fix issues on your site
  • VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template
    • Collection of VPATs from various vendors to see relevant information on how a vendor’s product or service claims to conform to the Section 508 Standards.
The WCAG guidelines take a layered approach to accessibility, starting with four high-level principles that all content creators should strive to achieve. These principles are defined as follows:
  1. Perceivable:   Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  2. Operable:   User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  3. Understandable:   Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  4. Robust:   Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
Attribution:[GitHub] (2017, Dec. 19) Accessibility: it's more than just screen readers - GitHub Universe 2017 [Video File]. Retrieved from

Guide Creator

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Amy Wolfe
Accessibility Librarian

Accessibility Logo CUNY affirms its commitment to making it's web-based, electronic content accessible. CUNY is further committed to a strategy of product enhancements that will keep pace with changing technology, accessibility guidelines, and regulations. CUNY uses the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.0, AA conformance level as its accessibility standard. - CUNY Accessibility statement

International OER logoThe worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in educational practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. OER offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning. OER Commons

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