Download this Quick Guide to Accessibility for information on how to improve different types of resources.
Make Course Readings and Materials Accessible
- Include a statement in your syllabus inviting students to discuss access needs for your course. Faculty can then contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for assistance.
- Documents shown via projector and/or online are easy to view and have proper color contrast. Handouts are available online in accessible formats for use with assistive technology such as text or screen readers, magnification tools.
- Text should be standard serif and sans serif font.
- How to check for accessibility issues with your documents with the Accessibility Checker.
- How to create accessible PowerPoint presentations.
- How to create accessible Word documents.
- How to create accessible PDF documents.
Make Canvas and Online Content Accessible
- Content is easy to navigate and comprehend - files, and modules are labeled appropriately and are informative, i.e.: “Week Two: Topic” instead of “files”.
- Color themes are easy to read i.e.: contrasting text and background colors.
- Alternative text appears with graphics and images to be accessed by screen readers. Such text describes the image so that important information reaches the learner (alt tags or longer descriptions).
- Documents uploaded to Canvas (PDF, Word, PP) are accessible to students via screen and text readers.
Make Video and Audio Content Accessible
- Video(s) created and used for instructional purposes should be properly captioned.
- Student Disability Services provides captioning services for qualified students with disabilities at no cost. Contact SDS at email@example.com if assistance is needed.
- Videos automatically captioned by YouTube are not adequately captioned and need to be reviewed for accuracy before using.
- Narrated PowerPoint presentations are not accessible. Consider recording presentations in Panopto and then having the lectures captioned.
- Create a plan to provide equitable alternatives to inaccessible AV.
- Cornell's Video on Demand service can help you caption your videos.