Address Accessibility Challenges with AURS

From the on-campus experience at Harvard University to the online environment at community colleges across the country, institutions are grappling with how to make education accessible for all learners. That’s why the QM Community came together to build the Accessibility & Usability Resource Site (AURS).

Free and open to everyone, AURS provides the online community with important information on addressing key accessibility and usability concerns, including:

Sign Up to Use AURS

Anyone can register for the site for free by logging into MyQM and selecting “Workshop - Register” in the side navigation and choosing “Register for Accessibility & Usability Resource Site”. (If you've already registered, the AURS link can be found on your Dashboard in the QM Classroom after you log in.)

Don't have a MyQM account? Create one by choosing “No, I am new here” on the login page. Follow the prompts to create your account, selecting “Workshop - Register” in the side navigation and choosing “Register for Accessibility & Usability Resource Site” once logged into MyQM.


Universal Design for Learning 

Discover what you need to know about UDL and how it can assist you in creating accessible and usable content to meet the needs of diverse learners.


Alternative Text

Find out why alternative text is an important principle in accessible web design and how you can use it to help all learners understand the meaning of the image used in your content.


Video Captions and Audio Descriptions

Uncover the specific steps that must be taken to make video content accessible.



Gain an understanding of how to set up links in the most accessible way possible in order to create accessible content.


Accessible MS Office products

Explore the basics of Microsoft product accessibility, including alternative text, document best practices and utilizing built-in accessibility checkers.


Readability: Color Choice and Contrast

Dive into the topics of readability and discover why color choice and contrast play a major role in creating accessible digital resources.


Accessible PDFs

Take your readability skills to the next level and learn more about how you can make PDFs accessible for your learners.


Accessible Design in Learning Management Systems

Learn how QM members are tackling accessibility issues in a variety of learning management systems, including Canvas, Blackboard and D2L-Brightspace.

Cognitive Accessibility

Increase your understanding of cognitive accessibility and uncover strategies to combat this common barrier to student success.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

Discover design and pedagogical practices to help you foster an inclusive and diverse online learning community.

Each topic features different resources to assist you with your accessibility challenges. Videos show you step-by-step changes you can make to increase the accessibility of your course. Examples highlight best practices. Articles provide you with additional information and resources. And forums allow you to connect directly with accessibility experts — peers who have expertise in designing accessible courses. There is also a General Accessibility and Usability Questions' Forum where you can ask any question that is unrelated to the listed topics.

New topics and resources are added quarterly.