IMS Global Accessibility Key Principles

The IMS Global Learning Consortium Accessibility Innovation Leadership Network has drafted a document IMS Global Accessibility Key Principles For Digital eText Materials (EPUB) outlining nine principles that higher education institutions should consider when developing, adopting and using digital course materials to ensure accessibility for all students. These principles help guide discussions and policy decisions. Institutions are increasingly becoming more accountable for ensuring that all students have access to learning materials.

IMS Global Learning Consortium differentiates between two types of digital course materials:

  • created by publishers
  • created by faculty and students

Publisher created course materials generally consist of:

EPUB, delivering a textbook in a digital format and digital content in a web-based platform containing web-supported file formats. These are typically kept on a publisher’s server and delivered via a publisher’s proprietary interface. Examples include Pearson MyLabs, McGraw-Hill SmartBook, Cengage MindTap, etc.

Although these nine principles can apply to several course material types, the focus of this document is to support the cohesive and consistent delivery of EPUB-compliant and/ or accessible course materials. More information is provided on the IMS Global Learning Consortium website.

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