Making Courses and Materials Accessible - Faculty

Making Courses/Materials Accessible

Information for Faculty

In addition to Universal Design, there are many things faculty can to do make their courses and course material accessible. This page outlines tips for doing so in general and in relation to specific student accommodations.

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Accessibility Statements

Please use these statements as indicated in COPPS:

The purpose of these statements is to provide effective methods for communicating information to the college community about the Center for Accessible Resources, accommodations, and access to Lane's campuses, programs, websites. These statements encourage students and community members to speak up about disability issues without being asked (which can violate their privacy).

There are 3 types of statements:

  • Syllabus Access Statement
  • Publication Access Statement
  • Event Access Statement

Tips for Creating Course Materials

As a reminder, not all students with disabilities reach out to our office for assistance. Therefore, it is important to adhere to the following guidelines when preparing learning materials for class.

For additional information, please visit the following websites:

Creating Video and Multimedia Products that are Accessible to People with Sensory Impairments

Video on PDF Accessibility Tagging

Online Content and Moodle

Instructors of online courses must determine how to best deliver content in a way that helps their students achieve the learning outcomes. There are many things that faculty can do to ensure that their online platforms are accessible for all students.

Moodle and My Math Lab

Moodle and My Math Lab’s philosophy incorporates Universal Design into their developments and attempts to make the platform user friendly for all regardless of ability. Learn more about this on their websites:

Personal and Other Websites

When choosing or creating a website for a course, it is important to consider accessibility. Here are a few ways to do so:

  • Follow Best Accessibility Practices:
    • Anytime a course contains a video, proactively include transcripts and captioning. This allows students of all learning types to have access.
    • Offer multiple formats for complex information. Information can be represented in text, charts, graphs, etc.
  • Conduct Accessibility Testing: The Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) allows instructors to test webpages to determine how accessible they are and identifies areas that need improvement. Instructors can check a site by uploading the URL and then WAVE automatically scans the site for various accessibility features. Visit the WAVE website to find out more.

For more information, refer to our handout.

Field Work and Field Trips

Many classes will involve field work/trips for students. Some students many have disabilities that affect their participation in these events (mobility, hearing, vision, etc.). When planning field work/trips, try to think about the accessibility of these trips, including building access. Faculty are always welcome to check with CAR if they have questions regarding field accessibility. For more information, refer to our handout, Tips for Field Trips.

FAQ:

Who is responsible for making course material accessible?

  • Faculty and CAR work closely together to ensure that course material is accessible to students. Universal Design offers some great strategies that can benefit all students, even those without accommodations.

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