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Teaching Online & Remote Teaching Resources

Welcome to the Online Teaching & Learning page. Many of the resources on the Teaching pages can be applied to the online teaching experience, but these pages provide further information about online pedagogy and tools that support effective teaching online. 

See the subpages for tips on specific platforms or digital learning object (DLO) creation in:


Resources to support Remote Teaching in Spring 2020

Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Cartoon: "Clearing a path for people with special needs clears the path for everyone!" Inspired by a public school student with disabilities © 2002 Michael F. Giangreco, Illustrated by Kevin Ruelle, Peytral Publications, Inc. 952-949-8707 Child in wheelchair: “Could you please shovel the ramp?” Adult: “All these other kids are waiting to use the stairs. When I get through shoveling them off, then I will clear the ramp for you.” Child in Wheelchair: “But if you shovel the ramp, we can all get in!”

"Clearing a path for people with special needs clears the path for everyone!" by Michael Giangreco, illustrated by Kevin Ruelle.

Universal Design for Learning

Based on the work of David H. Rose, Ed.D. of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), the UDL framework has three main principles:

  1. Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,
  2. Multiple means of expression (including Multiple measurements) to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, and
  3. Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn

As illustrated in the cartoon above, when one uses UDL principles the learning experience can better serve a wider audience.

Tips for Creating Accessible Content

Many of these tips are from the UO Online Accessible Online Course Content workshop on Nov. 7, 2019 in the DREAM lab. These tips are relevant fo both analog (print) and digital information.


  • Use the built in heading options in the document or webpage style
  • You can edit these Styles in MS Word Styles pane (E.g.: change size, color, etc.)

Bullet Points

  • Use the built-in bullet point option in your word processor or on the web
  • Do not use the hypen (-) or asterisk (*) for this purpose because it will not make sense to screen reader software

Text and Fonts

  • Use a sans serif font (without the little "tails") like Arial, Calibri, or Helvetica
  • Use a larger font on printed documents
  • Make PDFs readable using Adobe or a similar tool to recognize text (using OCR technology)


Use Alt Text for images

  • Describe images in PDFs and webpages by using the Alt Text field
  • Use your judgment when describing an image; explain how the image fits the document's context. For decorative elements, you can simply state that it is decorative (alt text: "decorative element")
  • For more information, see guidance from WebAIM for Alt Text (or Ray Henry's recommendation Axess Lab Alt-texts: The Ultimate Guide)
  • For longer graphics, consider creating a text description and linking it to the graphic, as shown on the LibGuides and Graphics page of this guide

Using Tables

  • Tables should include header rows and columns. This lets the screen reader know that in any cell what its relationship is to the information presented.
  • You should also include a caption in case the person selects the table independently of the page's structure (i.e.: if they are skipping around or skimming). 
This is an example of a table that compares video tutorial platforms
Software license required?
Can create online quizzes?
Yes, Ed Tech Studio has license Yes
No Yes
Yes, UO provides license to all employees Only Office 365 version

Thank you to Karen Matson, Veronica Vold, James Whisenhunt, and Meg Spivey (UO Online) for the workshop! Thanks also to Sheen Hua, Accessible Technology Manager (UO), and Gary Maixner III, User Experience/Project Management Librarian (IUPUI University Library), and Ray Henry for additional tips.

For further help, see:

Canvas Help

Web Accessibility Tools and Resources

Accessibility on the Web

Below are several resources to help you make your content more accessible on the web.

Accessible colors

"Contrast and color use are vital to accessibility. Users, including users with visual disabilities, must be able to perceive content on the page. There is a great deal of fine print and complexity within the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2 that can easily confuse web content creators and web accessibility evaluators." For more, see

Accessible Language, with English Language Learners in mind

Writing for the Web

Writing tips for making online content clear and easy to understand.

Screen Readers

Screen readers describe software designed to turn visual textual information into audible content for accessibility.

Campus Resources

Page Editor: Online Teaching & Learning

Rayne Vieger

Library Resources on this Topic

ALA and ACRL Standards

Online Interactive Tools


Survey apps
  • Zoom Whiteboard
  • Miro App (MS Teams)


Survey / polling apps
Activities and Games

Screen Capture Tools with Accessibility Features

If you are using a screengrabbing or screencasting tool in chat reference work, please check with the user first in case of accommodations or accessibility needs, i.e.: "Would you like me to share a link to a screenshot?"  DO NOT ask if they have a disability.

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