Accessible Course Materials


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San Jose, CA 95192



Students bring a wide variety of visual, hearing, cognitive, physical and communication abilities to learning. This section focuses on how to ensure that your teaching is inclusive and accessible to all students. 

Seven Essential Steps for Preparing Accessible Course Materials

Step 1: Make Your Syllabus Accessible

Use our accessible syllabus template [docx] for your course.

Step 2: Order Books On Time

Submit orders for textbooks and course readers through the SJSU Bookstore's Faculty Resources affiliate page as early as possible. This will permit bookstore staff to procure accessible versions of these materials.

Step 3: Submit "Reserve" Material to Library

Submit course reading materials through SJSU library's course reserves list in a timely fashion. This will permit library staff to ensure that these materials are accessible.

Step 4: Make Your Print Material Accessible

Follow accessibility guidelines to ensure that your course documents, handouts, or slides are accessible.

Step 5: Make Your A/V Material Accessible

Add captions to your video or transcripts for your audio course materials. View captioning guidelines for details or complete this request form to get help. For additional information, see our Captioning Support Services page.

Step 6: Make Your Web Presence Accessible

Make sure your Canvas, SJSU official faculty profile, or other website content is up to date and accessible. Use this verification tool to test the accessibility of any websites you reference in your material.

Step 7: Contact the AEC About Testing

If you have students registered with the Accessible Education Center, contact the Testing Accommodations office for assistance to ensure that your course quizzes, examinations or assessment materials are accessible.

Additional Information relating to Accessibility

Below, you will find more detailed information and additional resources pertaining to the general topic of accessibility of course material.

Further Accessibility Resources 

A list of available accessibility tools, tutorials, and resources for your reference.

SJSU Faculty and Students Share their Insights (Coming soon)

SJSU faculty and students share their experiences about inclusive teaching practices.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a framework that promotes flexibility in the way to present course content, engage students, and allow them to demonstrate what they have learned in the class.

Relevant Policies and Laws 

Documents pertaining to relevant policies and laws can be found here.