Access MOOC

access mooc


Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners is a free self-paced professional development course that will help you gain a better understanding of accessibility as a civil rights issue and develop the knowledge and skills you need to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments. We designed this course to be completed in entirety by working approximately 3 hours a week for 6 weeks. However, you are free to move as fast or slow as you like and complete only those portions that you want.



During this six-week course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize and address challenges faced by students with disabilities related to access, success, and completion.

  • Articulate faculty and staff roles in reducing barriers for students with disabilities.

  • Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in designing accessible learning experiences.

  • Analyze the benefits of Backward Design when developing learning experiences.

  • Use Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines to create accessible courses.

  • Determine which tools and techniques are appropriate based on course content.


You will have the opportunity to earn badges that recognize your mastery of these competencies.


Audience: Anyone may enroll and participate in the MOOC. It has been designed for faculty and staff in higher education at any type or level of institution.

What to do next?

  1. Visit the course website (if you don’t have a Canvas Network login yet, you will have to create one), enroll in the course and start learning.
  2. Share and follow the conversation on Twitter using #AccessMOOC
  3. Follow our Access MOOC Facebook Page


The course is a collaborative effort of faculty and staff from SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Buffalo State College, funded by a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.


About Robyn Charlton

Robyn is Coordinator of Online Faculty for Miami University Regionals' E-Campus.