instructional design logoWhen you design with accessibility in mind, everyone benefits! We all want to have accessible, effective, and appealing classes and webpages. Instructional design, or Instructional systems design/technology (ISD/IST), is the practice of creating instructional experiences that make learning easier.

Whether you're here to learn more about making your webpages more accessible or your online classes more user-friendly, the Instructional Technology team at Hartnell are here to help! We have advanced degrees and experience in the field, and can help guide you. Explore the materials below, or set up an instructional design consultation appointment to go over your course or webpage on the training registration page

Request support for making your web content accessible with the Accessible Content Request Form.

Guides & Documents

Accessible documents: 

Creating Accessible Documents: PowerPointWord, Making an Accessible PDF (and Adobe Guide to Accessible PDFs, Convert from Word to PDFOCR text info and how to run the Adobe Accessibility Checker), links, tables, math equations, and other types of content

Creating Accessible Headings

Creating Accessible Tables

Webinar: Creating Accessible Presentations (from @One)

Webinar: Creating Accessible PDF Documents with MS Word and Acrobat Pro (from @One)

Accessible website resources:

Accessibility and your Hartnell College Webpage, Request Accessible Media for the webWeb Accessibility Guidelines (PDF), and Learn about Accessibility Guidelines and Requirements

View a screenreader simulation

WAVE Accessibility Checker Tool for webpages

Webinar: Evaluating Web Content for Accessibility (from @One)


Amara Free Subtitling Service: Use this service to manually type in captions for any YouTube or Vimeo videos (even if you don't own the videos yourself!)

3CMedia services (grant-sponsored video captioning)

Request captioning for videos you don't own (paid video captioning service)

Captioning YouTube Videos (DIY)

Webinar: Captioning Considerations (from @One)

Online Course/Instructional Design resources:

Copyright resources: Fair Use Evaluator

Online Courses in Accessibility: Start with the self-paced training courses from the Chancellor's Office or review PopeTech's Guide for Creating Accessible Canvas Content!

Online learning theory/Instructional Design training resources: Book an Instructional Design Consultation, or take the Introduction to Teaching Online (fully online course by the PDC) & Overview of instructional design theories, Flipping the Classroom & Gamification (+ Jeopardy Game Template), Scenario-Based LearningScaffoldingMicro-LearningFormative vs Summative Assessments, Establishing Regular & Effective Contact tutorial video (updated 2020), Enable Synchronous Contact Tools in Canvas, Peralta Equity Rubric. You can use any of these resources or schedule an instructional design consultation for added support!

Miscellaneous design resources: Academic Poster templates

Resources for Equity: Learn more about how to provide equitable learning opportunities for your students, including professional development courses and the Peralta equity rubric for self-evaluation.

Rubrics: Rubistar Tool to Generate RubricsOEI Rubric

Webinar: Online Course Usability (from @One)