Accessibility Considerations for Courses

The accessibilty considerations listed below are very beneficial to all students, especially those with accessibilty needs. Please consider implementing as many of these tips as possible.

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Course Materials

Whenever possible select readings, articles, textbooks and other materials that are already in an accessible format.

When choosing videos or content on external websites consider whether they have closed captions, transcripts and other accessibility features.

Required Readings

Students benefit when faculty make required reading lists available two weeks before the semester.

Why?

  • If students have accessibility needs, it may take several weeks for them to get accessible versions so waiting longer may cause those students to fall behind
  • Students may need to order books or articles for the first week of class and they may not arrive in time causing the students to fall behind early
  • It is a best practice – it allows students to better plan for the work you want them to do during the semester
How?
 

Course Syllabi

Students benefit when faculty distribute their syllabus at least one week prior to the first day of classes.

Why?

  • Allows students with accessibility needs to engage faculty earlier about their accommodation needs
  • Allows students with accessibility needs to better identify and arrange the accessibility supports they will need
  • Allows students that work, have child care needs, or hidden disabilities more time to plan accordingly
  • Allows all students to plan their semester and weekly activities
  • Students can review syllabi in advance freeing up class time
  • It helps reduce student anxiety or stress heading into the semester
 
How?
  • Open up your blackboard course at least one week before class starts
  • Email your students the syllabus through HUB (pdf)

Student Assignments

  • If you have students with accessibility accommodations, any student projects that are shared within the class will need to be accessible
  • When choosing technologies for completing assignments (flipgrid, slack, etc.) make sure those technologies are accessible
  • If you would like to share your student’s projects publically make sure they include the necessary accessibility features, i.e. closed captions, alt text, transcripts etc.

General Resources for Accessibility

School Resources for Creating Accessible Content

University Resources for Accessibility