Making an Accessible Syllabus

In order to facilitate the education of all students that the college serves, SCC has created an Accessible Syllabus Template. Use this template when you generate a new syllabus for your classes. This template follows accessibility guidelines to make it readable via screen readers and other assistive technologies.

Click the file link to download the syllabus template. Make sure that once it is downloaded, you open and edit it with the most recent version of Microsoft Word provided by the college.

Once open, you may see a message indicating that the document is in protected view. Click the enable editing button on the yellow message ribbon at the top of the document to begin editing.

(If you don't see the yellow ribbon at the top of the document, you can just start editing.)

Protected View ribbon detail

The accessible syllabus template has been built using the standard syllabus template, but instead of manual formatting, it uses Word's built-in formatting tools to create layout. Try to maintain this layout as you add your content. For example, you'll notice that the different syllabus sections all have their heading text set as Word's "Heading 1". Do not manually change the design of these headings using the paragraph formatting tools (bold, increasing text size, etc.). If you want to change the look of these headings throughout the document, use the pre-set designs in Word's Design tab.

Word's Design Tab detail

You can also add additional subheadings, as needed. If you do so, make sure they follow a logical pattern and set the heading text layout using the heading Styles under the Home tab. So, a subheading under Heading 1 should be Heading 2, a sub-heading under Heading 2 should be formatted with Heading 3, and so forth.

Word's Styles menu detail

Once done adding your content to the syllabus, make sure to run Word's Accessibility Checker before saving and correct any issues you see listed.

Save your new syllabus as a Word document and share as needed. If you are posting this document in a class online, feel free to provide versions of it in other formats (PDF, for example) but make sure that you provide the accessible Word version as well.