Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

CUNY LIBRARIES ARE OPEN both ONLINE and on campus! We are open online for reference & instruction. E-resources are fully available. CUNY Libraries physical spaces are also open for quiet study, computers and wifi, materials pickup, and more. Please note that library plans are subject to change based on the evolving pandemic situation and plans at each campus. At this time, due to the pandemic, campus access (including libraries) may be restricted to each campus’ current students, faculty and staff. Some libraries require reservations. Please check our College Libraries page for details about the library you plan to visit.

Support Students Impacted by Coronavirus Crisis Donate Now

Accessibility Workshop on OER for Hostos

Lumen Accessibility Information

Lumen Accessibility

Lumen written in white on blue background with five white dots in semicircle around the L

General Information

Lumen Course Catalog Content

  • Content located in the Lumen Course Catalog and classified as "recommended" and "highly recommended" is reviewed for accessibility by Lumen.
  • If you are want to add to or change content you've adopted from their "recommended" and "highly recommended" courses, you will need to make sure the content you add is accessible, Lumen will not check the content you create for accessibility.

Community Developed OER Course Content

Adding Accessible Content Instructions

Lumen Learning provides instructions "Guidelines: Authoring Accessible Content" on how to add accessible original content. 

I've highlighted a few sections:

Lumen Learning Accessibility Drawbacks:

Even though Lumen reviews their courses for accessibility, that does not mean all accessibility issues have been fixed. Several items which Lumen considers "supplementary materials" and "not strictly necessary for course completion or foundational to the learning experience" have accessibility issues:

  • Some simulations do not contain text alternatives.
  • Waymaker courses have a very small number of video only materials that do not have audio captions.
  • No alternatives for time-based media or audio descriptions of the prerecorded video content inside Waymaker courses. Videos are however captioned.
  • Audio descriptions are not provided for video content. Lumen still needs to assess which videos require audio descriptions.

-- Lumen Learning VPAT, October 2017