Technology

Accessibility

Faculty are responsible to ensure that their curricular materials meet accessibility requirements according to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The Office of Students with Disabilities Services will assist faculty as needed and on a case by case basis.

In general, reasonable accommodations must be provided to students upon request. Students are to work with SDS first; SDS will issue a letter to the student (and/or to the faculty member) detailing which accommodations to provide. Faculty are required to provide those accommodations.

Online content

Material placed online must be ADA-compliant as well. Here are some specific recommendations for working with files in Canvas:

  • Images - Use the ALT tag associated with an embedded image to provide a description for those who use screen readers.
  • PDFs - To ensure your .pdf's are screen-readable, open them in Adobe Acrobat Pro > Choose "Edit" > Select all > If your document is not already screen-readable, you will receive an alert that will offer to make the text screen-readable.
  • Videos - Students should be provided with a transcript, or, if possible, be given access to a video file that includes captions. Auto-captioning onto videos is an emerging field, with promising results already available when using Camtasia Version 8 (see ATLE or Innovative Education for help if you do not own Camtasia-8).