Accessibility for Faculty

Accessibility for Faculty

On this page you will find tutorials and guides on how to make your instructional materials and documents accessible.

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."

Accessibility checker icon

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.

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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.

Upload your video to YouTube (Anyone with link can view.)

Upload your video to Office 365 Stream group (Only your students can view it. You need to create a group in Stream and add your students to the group.)

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. )