Building an Accessible Course in myCourses

Brightspace by D2L is McGill’s Learning Management System (LMS), known by staff and faculty as “myCourses”. The following resources are helpful for faculty, teaching assistants and administrators working on designing and uploading course content into myCourses. D2L has published a variety of tools and resources, some of which are curated here, to help you create and maintain an accessible virtual classroom.

Accessibility Checker

Did you know that myCourses has a built-in accessibility checker? You can use it when creating content in the HTML Editor to catch some of the most common accessibility issues, and receive tips on how to fix them!

accessibility checker
Figure 1: Screenshot of myCourses HTML text editor, with a red circle around the accessibility checker icon [eye with check mark]

Accessible Course Template

D2L has made creating accessible course content easier by having accessibility templates available and ready to be customized to your own content.


D2L hosts a collection of articles on accessibility in Brightspace (myCourses) on their Brightspace Community website. A few articles of interest include:

There are many more articles to discover, with the content being regularly updated by D2L. Exploration and discovery are encouraged!


D2L offers a few webinars to help with accessibility in myCourses:

Other D2L Resources

  • D2L Accessibility Lab: Want to learn more about assistive technologies that some students may be using? This website provides video demonstrations that help you understand how assistive technologies work, and the barriers they may encounter in an online learning environment. The Resources tab has two accessibility audit tools that you can use to test your own content.
  • You can optimize your personal account settings within myCourses to support your own accessibility needs and/or use of assistive technologies.

Resources at McGill





McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.

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