Accessible Course Materials
Students bring a wide variety of physical, visual, hearing, cognitive, and communication abilities to learning. As we design our course materials or activities, we want to keep our students' characteristics in mind. This section focuses on the tools and resources to help you assess, create or convert your instructional materials to ensure they are accessible to all students. Below, we consider both print materials – e.g. Word, PDF and PowerPoint documents and non-print materials – e.g., audio and video files, and materials you create as well as those you draw from elsewhere.
Follow the eight steps enumerated below as you prepare your course so your course materials will be in compliance with Accessibility Guidelines as set forth in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Submit orders for textbooks or course readers through Faculty Resources at SJSU Bookstore by the deadline. (This will permit staff to procure accessible versions of these materials, as needed.)
- Submit library reserve materials, if any, through course reserves list in a timely fashion. (This will permit staff to ensure that these materials are accessible.)
- Use the accessible syllabus template for your course.
- Follow accessibility guidelines to your create course documents, handouts, or slides.
- Provide a transcript for your audio course materials.
- Follow captioning guidelines or complete this request form to add captions to your video course materials.
- If you have students registered with the Accessible Education Center, contact their Testing Accommodations office for assistance to ensure that your course quizzes, examinations or assessment materials are accessible.
- If you upload any materials on your official course website or Canvas Leaning Management System, make sure your website and all materials are accessible. The Canvas complies with accessibility requirements, however, YOU must ensure that of all of the materials you have uploaded are accessible.
UDL is a framework that promotes flexibility in the way to present or teach course content, engage students via various activities or strategies, and allow students to express or demonstrate the knowledge or skills they have learned in the class.
Accessibility of Instructional Materials at SJSU
- What does accessibility mean to the faculty?
- What does accessibility mean to Staff employees, Deans and Managers?
- A Quick Review of Accessible Instructional Materials [pdf]
- 2014 campus-wide PDF study results of PDF documents used in teaching at SJSU
- SJSU captioning needs study for accessible videos
- Accessibility status of syllabi used at SJSU:
- Memo to the President on Campus Accessibility Strategy for Online Education [pdf] August, 2013
- Coded Memorandum AA-2013-03 [pdf]
"It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability." - Executive Order 926 (EO 926)