Microsoft Accessibility Course

Illustration: Office 365. Creating accessible classroom content.
September 11, 2017

Microsoft has created a short video course to help teachers author accessible content.

Course Description

As Microsoft states in the course description:

Everyone should have access to all educational materials in your classroom. This course will provide information on:

  • the importance of creating accessible documents,
  • creating new and revising old Word, OneNote and PowerPoint documents so they are accessible to everyone
  • Skype Translator and Office Lens as key tools for creating accessible content for all learners

Estimated completion time is 1 hour.

Course Content

  • Introduction (Video 3:44) - "This introduction will help you understand why it is imperative that we ensure all our materials are accessible to everyone."
  • Using Headers and Researcher to create content in Word (Video 4:22): "This module will guide you through the steps for understanding how to use:
    • Headers in your documents to help maintain consistency
    • Researcher in your documents help stay organized and keep accuracy with citations in your documents
    • Accessibility Checker"
  • Creating content with Word (Video 5:11) - "This module will guide you through the steps for understanding:
    • the capabilities of Editor
    • how to add Alt-text to images
    • the capabilities of Accessibility Checker"
  • Creating accessible content in PowerPoint (Video 3:54) - "This module will introduce how to:
    • use designer
    • add alt-text to images
    • organize a slide so that a screen reader will read it in the correct order
    • run the Accessibility Checker"
  • Creating visually accessible content with PowerPoint (Video 5:56) - "This module will introduce ways to create PowerPoint slides to be accessible to anyone with a visual impairment by:
    • using large font size and high contrasting colors
    • ensuring that color is not the only means of representing information
    • providing descriptive text for links
    • adding closed-captions for videos
    • using the Accessibility Checker"
  • Creating accessible content using Templates (Video 4:21) - "This module will show how to:
    • utilize templates in Word
    • utilize templates in PowerPoint
    • ensure that the templates you have chosen are accessible
    • run the Accessibility Checker"
  • Digitizing content with Office Lens (Video 3:30) - "This module will show how Office Lens can:
    • turn printed materials into digital materials in Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, Outlook or OneDrive
    • easily turn text from a book into an editable Word document
    • read aloud with the Immersive Reader"
  • Updating existing content with OneNote (Video 5:12) - "This module will show how existing OneNote documents can ensure accessibility by:
    • utilizing descriptive text for links and
    • including Alt-text for all images and documents
    • including an audio file with a teacher’s voice explaining what’s on the page
    • ensuring tables are not nested within tables and that each table has a header row
    • running the Accessibility Checker"
  • Creating live content with Skype and Skype Translator (Video 2:51) - "This module will show how Skype can:
    • keep students connected if they need to be absent from school
    • translate audio in real time
    • translate messages with text in real time
    • connect teachers to other teachers and field experts through the Microsoft Educator Community"
  • Conclusion (Video 2:17) - "This module concludes this course by empowering teachers to stop assuming and start ensuring their materials are accessible to everyone."