Tips for Creating an Accessible Course
Accessible Online Platforms
With many classes and meetings offered online during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to understand how to create a virtual space through Zoom that is as accessible as possible for all students. In addition to Zoom's built-in accessibility features, users can implement some general practices that help to make Zoom more widely accessible for all. Accessible Content For Zoom
Design for students with visual impairment
- Accessible Content For Google Slides
- Accessible Content For Ms Word Powerpoint
- If using PowerPoint, use a light background with dark, contrasting fonts
- For any images (pictures/graphs/maps), have alt text added.
- Ensure any new documents are searchable. If the PDF is not searchable, include an alternative, plain text version of the document. Avoid using PDFs presented as images. Contact Sara Bea to convert a PDF to an accessible format.
- When possible, share PowerPoints or class materials ahead of time with students; some may be using assistive technology to access them during class.
Design for students with hearing impairments
- Limit background noises in any video recording
- Consider alternative assignment if showing a video that does not have captions
- Contact Sara Bea if any lectures/videos need to be transcribed
- Extended Time
- Consider the font and layout online; space out questions.
- Sara Bea Accessibility Services will communicate with you about any students that would require larger font
- Some students use assistive technology that requires a digital copy of the exam. Sara Bea Accessibility Services can work with you regarding these specific students.
- Answering Questions during exams
- Students with anxiety or other disabilities may struggle with not having access to a professor or TA during the exam to clarify questions. Consider using Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. to be available during exams. Consider having a space within the exam for students to write assumptions or questions that may help them receive partial credit for an answer that they did not understand.
- Exam Integrity
- If there are concerns about exam integrity related to the use of accommodations please let us know so we can address your concerns.
- In general, check in with a student that you know receives accommodations to ensure they have access to all course materials. Sara Bea Accessibility Services can provide more specific resources for an individual need.