Technology & Learning Program

Syllabus Accessibility

State law and the Chancellor's Office require that all California State University instructional materials be accessible to all students, regardless of ability. The Technology & Learning Program supports campus achieving the Accessible Technology Initiative goal of making course material accessibility.

What is an Accessible Syllabus?

An accessible syllabus is a document that conveys the goals of your course in a way that all students can read and understand without problems. Whether you create your syllabus in an app like MS Word or directly in Learn, the following features are common to accessible documents because they empower the reader to quickly find information on the screen, on paper, or using a screen reader.

Make Your Syllabus Accessible

Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity:


Basics Of A Strong Syllabus

Heading Styles

Syllabus section titles use Heading styles to provide an outline structure.

Table Headers

Tables are used to organize columns of correlated information or data. Tables have a specified header row containing column labels.

Alternative Text for Images

Alternative text descriptions (alt-text or captions) are provided for any images which convey meaning.

Reading Order

Text should make sense if every line is read from left to right. Tables or text boxes should not be used to position text.

Learner Resources

A syllabus should contain or link to relevant course-specific and campus resources such as the library, academic policies, and disability support services.

Office of Accessible Technology Services Formatting Suggestions (Google Slide)  

TLP offers a hands-on faculty workshop that focuses on making accessible headings and tables in MS Word or Google. Bring at least one course syllabus. See our current workshop offerings or request a workhop to make arrangements.
The Office of Accessible Technology and Services (OATS) works with staff, faculty, students, administrators, and community members to ensure that Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and CSU ATI standards are met in all aspects of the university.