Accessible Course Creation Academy (4 Weeks)

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Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA)

Accessible Course Creation Academy 4 Weeks at ARC

The ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA)  guides participants with creating accessible course content in their own courses. This is not a Canvas training.

Duration: 4-week course

Time Commitment: approximately 6-10 hours per week (reading, online discussions, and assignment)

Course Description

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.

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, completed Foundations 1.0, or be currently using Canvas in their courses, BEFORE attending ANY of the Accessible Course Creation Academy sessions.

Course 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
ACCA Prerequisites and Enrollment Requirements
Technical Requirements
  • Access to a PC or Mac with a current operating system.
  • Current version of a browser.
  • Internet connection, preferably broadband.
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • USB microphone
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
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 throughout all six modules.

Certificates will be issued for completion of the entire Academy.

American River College Spring ACCA is scheduled from February 9, 2024 through March 8, 2024.

SessionStart DateTopics
Session 1February 9, 2024Orientation, What is Accessibility
Session 2February 16, 2024Accessible Web and Canvas Design
Session 3February 23, 2024Accessible Document Design
Session 4March 1, 2024Accessible Online Media and Video
Spring 2024 ACCA Weekly Sessions
  • Complete all activities by March 8, 2024

For other Foundations 2.0 options for Spring 2023, please check this Los Rios Foundations 2.0 webpage.

ACCA is an approved Foundations 2.0 training for the Los Rios Community College District. Faculty members who successfully complete a Foundations 2.0 course at ARC, CRC, FLC, or SCC can relax – there’s no need for you to initiate the salary advancement process yourself. The colleges will take care of it by providing a list of completions to the district office for processing each August.

Note: Class Salary Advancement and College Service Credit are available to faculty who are taking a course for the first time. Faculty may earn up to six (6.0) lower division units of class salary advancement per semester.

If you have already completed the Online Teaching Institute (OTI) and would like to enroll in the ARC  Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA) to fulfill the Foundation 2 Professional Development opportunity, when you register you will be asked to select from the following compensation options as agreed to by the LRCFT and LRCCD:

Full-Time Instructional Faculty Compensation

  • 1.33 Units of Salary Class Advancement
  • 40 College Service Hours

Part-Time or Adjunct Faculty Compensation

  • 1.33 Units of Salary Class Advancement

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.

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.

Spring 2024 registration is closed.

Registration for our Spring 2025 Academy begins on November 1, 2024.

If you have any questions about ACCA, don’t hesitate to contact the ITC at or you can email our Universal Design and Accessibility Coordinator, Lori Hokerson, at

Instructional Technology Center on ARC main campus