Roane State Community College


RSCC Accessible Syllabus Template

This template is a Word document that has been formatted to meet ADA requirements and was adopted by the faculty senate in April 2015 (Revised Spring 2017).

ADA Compliant Syllabus Template – Summer 2017 (Word)

Accessibility Checklists

These documents were created to assist you with checking your course content to make sure it is ADA compliant.

Microsoft Word Accessibility Checklist (PDF)
Microsoft PowerPoint Accessibility Checklist (PDF)
Course Accessibility Check List (PDF)
RSCC Web Accessibility Guidelines (Requires Download)

Accessing ADA Compliance Modules

This document was created to assist you in accessing the ADA Modules. Additionally, this handout provides an overview of each module.

Accessing ADA Modules in D2L Momentum (PDF)


This section will provide you with information on how to pre-set headings and list styles, provides text descriptions for images and graphs, and uses simple data tables and meaningful links.

Headings (video)

Styles should be applied to paragraph headings based upon their hierarchy within a document.


List Items (video)

A screen reader will announce the presence of lists that are formatted through Word’s Bullet or Number list tools. Group items as a numbered list if items should be in a sequential order, or a bulleted list should be used if the items are only related.


Hyperlinks (video)

Add meaningful links- Screen readers announce the presence of hyperlinks on a Word document . Hyperlinks need to be formatted and described so that they will not only be clear to a screen reader, but to end users who will need to know where they will be directed after they select the link.

Word Tables (video)

Screen readers will move through the table from left to right, top to bottom, one cell at a time.

Alt Text for images (video)

Screen readers will read Alt text for images to describe what the image is being shown in a document. It is important that images which are unrelated to the course content be marked as decorative.

Microsoft Accessibility Checker for Windows (video)

Built in Accessibility Checker provided by Microsoft will assist in finding Accessibility issues and how to correct those issues within a document.

Microsoft Accessibility Checker for MAC (video)

Built in Accessibility Checker provided by Microsoft will assist in finding Accessibility issues and how to correct those issues within a document.

D2L Course Templates

This section will provide you with the information on how to implement D2L accessible templates into your course design.

Creating an Accessible Syllabus as an HTML Page in D2L (PDF)

D2L Page Templates (video)

Using preset D2L Page Templates in course design.

Rubric for Course Organization and Design

The following will assist in helping the creation of course organization, design, course delivery, and Academic Integrity in Online Courses. Please visit our Online Peer Review (opens in a new window) page for multiple styles of Rubrics offered as a PDF, Excel spread sheet, and as an HTML webpage.

The following Course Accessibility Checklist (PDF) will assist in checking to see if your course material is ADA compliant with regards to template, headings, images, lists, links, tables and much more.

This handout will assist in converting accessible HTML files into a Word Document. This process will be necessary for Department Secretaries to check syllabi for accessibility.


This section will provide you with information on how to caption your own YouTube videos and how to caption videos made by other users.


Accessibility in education is important because all students deserve to have equal access to all course materials. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. In relation to online education, we must specifically comply with Sections 504 and 508. For more information, WebAIM has a lot of information on what Section 504 and Section 508 (opens in a new window) states, as well as practical guidelines on how to comply. The inclusion of video content in courses is becoming commonplace, so it is germane to provide closed captions to accommodate the needs of all students.

Caption your own YouTube Videos (video)

Nichole White, Multimedia Specialist, demonstrates how to add closed captioning to a YouTube video. Also check out official instructions directly from YouTube on how to Add Subtitles and Closed Captions to Your Videos (opens in a new window).

Caption Someone Else’s YouTube videos

If you can find video content that you want to use in your class but you do not own the content, there is still a way to add captions. Check out this nifty service called Amara (opens in a new window).

Find Videos That are Already Captioned

The Roane State Library is packed full of useful databases, including rich media that is already closed captioned. Contact your RSCC Librarians, who will be happy to assist you in finding the right content for your course

Need help transcribing?

We are here to help! Please contact CTAT and we can work with you on an individual basis to assist in making your content ADA compliant.


WCAG versus 508

On Side by Side WCAG vs. 508 (Opens in new Window) Jim Thatcher compares the WCAG priority one checklist with the Section 508 Web Accessibility standards.

WAVE Accessibility Apps for Download

WAVE is a web accessibility evaluation tool developed by (Opens in a new window). WebAIM offers a variety of online training and other services for creating web content that is accessible to people with disabilities.



NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and visually impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.

The download for NVDA and additional training can be found on the NV Access website (opens in new window)

To get a list of command for using the program here is the NVDA Quick Guide (PDF).

TBR Accessibility Training Course

Accessibility Training Course Registration (opens in new window)
Please note when registering you will need to:

  1. Use the External Registration link
  2. Select I do not have a username and password
  3. Select the Accessibility Training Course link at the top of the list of courses
  4. Select Register button
  5. Enter name, email and submit
  6. Select Finish button after you confirm your information is correct
  7. Write down your username and password (case sensitive) so you can log in and select the Login Now button.
  8. Login with your password

To reset your password to something you can remember:

  1. Once logged in – find your name on the right side of the mini navigation menu strip
  2. Select the drop down menu
  3. Select account settings
  4. Select change password
  5. Enter the password you just used to login, your new password and select the save button


Universal Design for Learning

This section will provide you with an overview of things to consider in designing your online courses. In the following videos, Dr. Susan Sutton discusses Universal Design for Learning as well as things to consider with eTextbooks. She also discusses captions, transcripts, and “alt text” when designing your online course and gives examples of accessible documents that can be read by Screen Readers.

Accessibility: UDL and eTextbooks (video)

Universal Design for Learning and eTextbooks selection.

Accessibility: Closed Caption and Transcripts (video)

Audio and Video Closed Captions and Transcripts.

Accessibility: “alt text” and Documents for Screen Readers (video)

Image “alt text” and examples of user-friendly documents for Screen Readers.