Accessibility is both a legal issue, and a human one. On one hand, there are laws in place that require educational providers to create materials such as websites, informational documents, and technology tools that are accessible to all students, or else risk being fined or sued. Accessibility, however, is also an important human issue that entails granting all students the same access needed to succeed in higher education.

Accessibility is essential for developers and organizations that want to create high quality websites and web tools, and not exclude people from using their products and services (W3C, 2021).

To ensure quality digital learning is accessible for everyone, extra steps must be taken to ensure that the following have been designed in a manner that allows all students, instructors, and staff the ability to use them, regardless of ability level:

  • course materials,
  • learning management systems,
  • software,
  • websites,
  • social media, and
  • other digital and interactive tools.