Web Accessibility Evaluation for Technical Users

Web eval tecnical badgeThis course is for people who are new to web accessibility and are familiar with the HTML and CSS coding used to build websites. Participants will learn both the basics and more advanced techniques for evaluating websites for accessibility issues based on the requirements of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.1. The more advanced evaluation techniques require the participant to be familiar with basics of HTML and CSS coding. The course will cover, in depth, common accessibility issues like images, landmarks, and forms. The focus of the course is on how to evaluate a website and how to prepare a report on the accessibility features and issues found on the website. Reports are designed to provide feedback to a developer or to document the accessibility for people responsible for web accessibility compliance when making purchasing decisions.

NOTE: This course is NOT for web, multimedia and software developers interested in learning how to build accessible websites, multimedia applications, or software. 

Any questions, please contact Lori at lorilane@ililnois.edu.

  • Dates: January 13, 15, 17 (3, 2-hour sessions)
  • Time: 10 am - noon, each session
  • Cost: $295


This three-part course offers three sessions progressively through:

  • Session 1 – Accessibility Impacts and Features
  • Session 2 – Testing Tools and Methodology
  • Session 3 – Reporting Issues

The overview of the three sessions illustrates how accessibility impacts users with disabilities using digital and assistive technologies. Participants will learn how to test website applications with testing tools and how to identify common accessibility issues in a website. They will need to pass a report exam as part of the course activities to earn the badge.


Lori Lane, M.Ed., CPACC
Disability Resources and Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Web developers
  • Web designers
  • Quality assurance specialists

What you will learn

  • Accessibility impacts on users
  • Different types of testing tools
  • Common web accessibility features/issues
  • Reporting of different issues


After completing this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the experience people with disabilities have using digital technologies, including the use of assistive technologies
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of the following tools in understanding the accessibility of a website:
    • Keyboard testing
    • Favelets
    • Bookmarklets
    • Color contrast tools
    • Web developer tools
    • Caption testing
  • Evaluate a website for the following accessibility features:
    • Keyboard operation
    • Link texts
    • Basic landmarks
    • Headings
    • Images
    • Forms
    • Colors
    • Captioning

Student Participation

  • Interactive synchronous lecture with instructor using Blackboard Collaborate
  • Online class participation where students will visit websites and videos and view examples of accessibility errors
  • Report exam and example websites to be provided by the instructor


Accessibility 101

Students will not be given a badge until they complete this non-credit course: Accessibility 101. The information from Accessibility 101 will help students understand the concept of accessibility, different types of users, assistive technologies and standards and guidelines. This course takes about an hour to complete depending on the user’s knowledge, learning curve and schedule. Registration in this course is required to obtain student credentials to access the Accessibility 101 course. You will receive your login 3-5 days after you register (varies due to weekends or holidays).

Badging Requirements

  • Complete Accessibility 101 non-credit course (If earned, the badge will be awarded at the completion of Web Evaluation course)
  • Pass a report exam