The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is an advocate of inclusive teaching practices and strongly supports the University’s accessibility policy, which includes digital course materials. We partner with instructors to assess and improve the accessibility of course activities and digital resources.
What characterizes an accessible course?
An accessible course presents as few obstacles as possible to the diversity of Yale learners. The greater the accessibility, the more likely that all students will have equitable opportunities for learning and growth.
When designing a course for accessibility, we encourage instructors to consider the situation of a student in a wheelchair, a student with low vision or limited hearing, a student who cannot easily hold a book or take notes by hand, a student with dyslexia or an attention disorder, a student new to Yale, an older student, and so on.
- Will all potential students be able to benefit from the websites and digital files used to share information, including those students who use screen readers to listen to the resource rather than look at it?
- Will all potential students be able to participate in core class activities, regardless of their physical ability?
- Can students demonstrate their mastery of learning goals without confronting unnecessary obstacles that may discriminate against some of them unfairly?
The goal is to provide flexible and robust learning environments in which all students can thrive without the need for special accommodations.
Where to find support
The staff of the Poorvu Center, in partnership with Information Technology Services, the University Library, and local support providers in Yale’s professional schools, offer a range of services to help Yale instructors consider and improve the accessibility of their courses.