Accessibility Resources for Faculty
Accessibility of your instructional materials is crucial to meet the learning needs of our students with all abilities, internet connections, and devices. It doesn't have to be a lot of work. With the appropriate tools introduced below, making your instructional materials accessible can be as easy as a few clicks. Depending on which type of course materials you will mostly use, follow the steps in one of the tutorials listed below to make them accessible.
- Using Ally, a tool in Bb, to improve accessibility of your Bb course content
- Using automatic closed captioning in live Zoom meetings
- Additional accessibility considerations in Zoom meetings
- Making your Word, Powerpoint or Excel documents accessible
To check and correct inaccessibility for any of the Microsoft Office application, on the rainbow, click Review, then "Check Accessibility."
To learn more, check out this web page: Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker
- Making your PDF documents accessible
To check and correct inaccessibility for PDF documents, click Tools. Under Customize, click "Action Wizard" > Make Accessible > Start.
To learn more, check out this web page: Make PDFs accessible
- Making your instructional audios accessible
You need to use your Office 365 Word for this feature. Create a new Word file. On the Home tab, click the Dictate icon, then choose Transcribe.
To learn more, check out Microsoft's web page: record and transcribe your audios
- Making your instructional videos accessible
Upload your instructional videos to YouTube or Microsoft Stream which can be played on any devices. Both platforms will add closed captioning automatically for your videos. You can review and edit the closed captioning if there is any error.
- Making your Bb course accessible
- Using closed captioning in live Bb Collaborate Ultra meetings (It needs a human captioner to do it live. If a student needs closed captioning, we strongly recommend that you use Zoom for your class meetings as Zoom has auto-generated closed captioning. )