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OER and Accessibility

Just like traditional textbooks, Open Educational Resources must be accessible to all students.  Below are resources that help with accessibility standards for OER.



Accessibility Criteria to Consider

  • Navigation that is clear and consistent.
  • Properly structured documents, including headings.
  • Sufficient color contrast. Avoid using color to convey meaning.
  • Alternative text descriptions - for images, tables, equations, maps, etc.
  • Intelligibly-captioned multimedia and descriptive audio.
  • High quality scans with no highlighting or handwriting.
  • PDFs that are text renderable, tagged, and structured appropriately.
  • Meaningful hyperlinks. Avoid phrases like ‘click here’ and ‘more’.

When Open Isn't Accessible Infographic


Most of the content on this page came from the LibGuide titled "Open Educational Resources (OER)" by Benjamin Andrus (Binghamton Univeristy, SUNY).

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