ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA)

ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA)

The ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA)  guides participants with creating accessible course content in their own courses. This completely online course provides a thorough explanation of accessibility within online, hybrid or web-enhanced courses. It focuses on the skills instructors need to make their courses compliant with Federal laws (ADA and Section 508 standards), technologically accessible, and culturally responsive for a broad range of students. The course covers how to use online tools, including Canvas–our course management system (CMS), to create accessible resources, retrofit existing resources, and curate new resources through exploration and hands-on demonstrations of effective practices in accessibility. The focal point of the course is learning how to use editors (both in Canvas and in common software, such as Microsoft Word) to enhance accessibility. In addition to creating an overarching accessibility plan for their courses, instructors learn how to:

  • Create accessible content pages, discussions, and assignments in Canvas;
  • Create accessible documents, such as Word and PDFs;
  • Create closed-captions for videos.

The ACCA is composed of six modules and is taught entirely online. While the ACCA is taught within Canvas affording opportunities for participants to learn and use the different tools and functions for future classes, this is not a Canvas training class. Participants are required to either have attended a Canvas Basics (3-hour) workshop within the last six months, or be currently using Canvas in their courses, BEFORE attending ANY of the Accessible Course Creation Academy sessions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define accessibility and explain the pertinent Federal, State, and District requirements
  • Explain the purpose of creating accessible content
  • Identify barriers to access
  • Explain the assistive technology/design techniques needed to overcome barriers
  • List campus resources available to assist you and your students with accessibility issues
  • Create accessible content within your Canvas courses
  • Create accessible documents using Word, Google Docs, PowerPoint, and/or PDF
  • Evaluate multimedia content for accessibility
  • Caption video
  • Check curated resources for accessibility using online tools
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for creating an accessible online course

Spring 2023 Schedule

  • American River College Spring ACCA is scheduled from January 27, 2023 through March 10, 2023.
  • Registration begins on October 3, 2023.
Session Start Date Topics
  Module 1 Jan 27, 2023  Getting Started/Orientation
  Module 2 Feb 3, 2023  What is Accessibility
  Module 3 Feb 10, 2023  Accessible Canvas Content

Break Week –

  Module 4 Feb 24, 2023  Accessible Document Design
  Module 5 Mar 3, 2023  Accessible Online Media
  Module 6 Mar 10, 2023  Accessible Video and Captions

Finish work by: March 23, 2023

ACCA Prerequisites and Enrollment Requirements

This is not Canvas Training!

Requirements for Completion

To receive the certificate of completion, you must complete all of the following:

  • Participation in all required discussions
  • Completion of all assigned activities and exercises with a score of 85% or higher
  • Receive a final grade of 85% or higher

Certificates will be issued for completion of the entire Academy.

Hours Required

This is a 6-week course. Participants will need to devote approximately 8-10 hours per week to reading, online discussions, and assignments.

Recommended Skills

  • Proficient computer skills (use of word processor, e-mail, file management)
  • Proficient Internet skills (use of browsers, searches, uploading and downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • Experience in an online learning environment as either a student or instructor

Technical Requirements

  • Access to a PC or Mac with a current operating system
  • Current version of a browser
  • Internet connection, preferably broadband (DSL speeds)
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • USB microphone

Incomplete Policy

Participants may request an incomplete in the ACCA if they have met the attendance requirements and have finished at least 60% of the work. Incomplete work must be finished within one year, or the entire Academy must be repeated.

Receive Salary Advancement Credit!

Two units of salary advancement credit, for those currently placed in Class I-III of your salary schedule, are available for participation in the ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy pending approval of your dean. You must submit your request for salary advancement credit to the District PRIOR to attending the Academy. See the Class/Step Placement and Advancement for Faculty webpage for more information.

LRCCD Salary Advancement Credit Application

Additional Notes

Priority will be given to ARC employees who have not completed a previous ACCA and who are scheduled to teach online at ARC.


Registration begins on October 3, 2023.

Interested in a self-paced version of this course? This version does not include interactivity with your peers, and is not eligible for salary advancement credit, but would be a great professional development project during a break. Click here to join the Los Rios Accessible Course Creation Academy Self-Paced Course course.

Questions about the Accessible Course Creation Academy? Contact Alice Dieli (916) 484-8996 or Pamela Bimbi (916) 484-8103.