The instructor knows and understands the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, and ensures that course material is accessible.
- The instructor provides a link to campus services, and/or discusses available services with the course;
- The instructor includes accessible material, including multi-media;
- The instructor is aware of accessibility issues with the LMS.
Because my own son has Autism, I am committed to helping college students with disabilities achieve their educational goals. Before taking the @ONE Accessibility class, I thought that making courses accessible only involved providing video captioning. I enjoyed learning about the additional ways we can help our students: from using styles in course content, to providing transcripts to accompany audio recordings, to evaluating each course tool for accessibility compliance.
The following examples show how I have improved the accessibility of my courses.
Course Home Page
In addition to being in the Syllabus, a link to the Disabled Students’ Programs and Services (DSPS) department also appears on the course home page. The home page also provides links to the Library, Writing Center, and Technical Support.
- Visit the course home page.
I’ve taken steps to ensure that my course Syllabus is accessible. I use structured formatting, descriptive links, alt text for images, and easy-to-read font.
View the following screencast where I explain how I revised my Syllabus to make it more accessible:
- View the Making My Syllabus Accessible video on YouTube
- View the accessible course syllabus document
Video and Captions
I add captioning to the weekly video announcements in my courses. When I use outside sources, I ensure that they have captions as well.
- View the captioned video on YouTube
One of the largest projects in the @ONE program was to create a Production Plan for six weeks of a course. This plan involved listing each course component, noting the accessibility status, and then applying the accessibility principals to each media object.
View the following screencast to learn how I used my Production Plan to develop an online course: