Since its inception, the CSU Quality Assurance program has had a strong commitment to support ongoing professional development that ensures equally effective access for all learners. This includes a focus on instructional materials accessibility, as well using Ally as an automated method to check for accessibility issues and generate alternative accessible formats, and applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning for greater inclusivity.
Through CSU Quality Assurance workshops, a specific set of accessibility/UDL objectives are emphasized during training and required to be met by any instructors seeking successful certification of their online course:
- Syllabus (or similar) links to the campus accessibility policy, whether it is required or recommended by the institution
- Instructor supports a range of learning styles and abilities for all students, rather than making reactive accommodations for those with registered disabilities
- A clear explanation of the disability support services (DSS) is provided and clear links to DSS resources are provided
- Students can clearly ascertain the role of the instructor in providing support for those officially registered with the campus disability support services office
- Course documents and text materials created by the instructor or from external sources are in formats that are accessible to students with disabilities
- The instructor and course use officially supported campus technologies, which are already fully accessible and assistive technology ready. Any third-party tools used are accessible and assistive technology ready when feasible