Make Instructional Materials Accessible
There are several things you can do to ensure the instructional materials you use in your course are accessible to all students. Below we provide information on a few tools you can use to check for accessibility in your course, training resources to help you learn how to make your course materials accessible, and services available on campus you can use to get started.
Eleven of the most common instructional material areas you may find in your course are covered in this checklist with tips on what you need to do to check for accessibility. Use this checklist to review both brand new courses and courses with substantial new changes starting June 2010. Some key checklist areas include:
- Textbooks - Have you submitted your textbook requests to the bookstore for Spring Semester? See Master Calendar of Deadlines and the Timely Textbook Adoption webpage to see current deadlines for Fall and Spring Semesters.
- Syllabus - Is it in Electronic Format and readily available to students? Did you use one of the Accessible Syllabus Templates?
- Videos and Audio - Are videos captioned and/or transcribed? Use the Captioning Self-Service.
- Accessibility Training - Did you attend an accessibility workshop this semester?
- Online Content - Are Word documents, PowerPoints etc. accessible? View the Instructional Materials Accessibility Resources to learn how.
Accessibility Training Resources
Accessibility Workshops: Workshops are offered each semester through the Faculty Staff Resource Center AIRC 3013 Training Room. Topics include: Word, PowerPoint and PDF Accessibility and Captioning self-service.
Tutorials and Manuals: Access video tutorials, quick guides, workshop presentations and training manuals to help you learn how to make your Syllabus, Word documents, PowerPoint Presenations, PDF's, videos and other instructional materials accessible.
Quick Tips: A quick overview of what you need to include in your Office documents, presenations and PDF's to make sure they are accessible.
Captioning Self-Service: Need a video Captioned? Captioning Self-Service is available if you need to caption a video that will be shown in a course where a deaf or hard of hearing student is enrolled or if you simply want to start making your videos accessible.
Faculty Staff Resource Center: The Faculty Staff Resource Center provides support in the creation of accessible course materials and eLearning content, offers access to free technology training and equipment and software at AIRC 3012.
Purchasing Electronic & Information Technology Material
If you are developing or purchasing electronic or technology-based instructional products please make sure that they meet the Section 508 (www.section508.gov) technical accessibility standards (applies to all IT requisitions and procurement card orders such as networked copy machines, web consulting/software, and digital media). Please obtain information from the vendor on how the product meets accessibility requirements. If an accessible IT product or service is not commercially available, or if an exception to the requirement applies, please document how you will implement an equally effective alternative method of instruction if a student with a disability enrolls in the class, in coordination with Services to Students with Disabilities. Visit www.csus.edu/accessibility/procure.html or contact the IT/ATI Procurement Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the accessible IT procurement process.
Need more help? Please contact Cryssel Vera, Instructional Materials Specialist at email@example.com to schedule an appointment today.