Accessible Course Materials
Students bring a wide variety of visual, hearing, cognitive, physical and communication abilities to learning. Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to your teaching, this section focuses on Universal Course Design [pdf] and what you CAN do to ensure your courses are inclusive and accessible to all students. A more detailed Universal Course Design checklist [xlsx] is available for your use.
Seven Essential Steps for Preparing Accessible Course Materials
Step 1: Make Your Syllabus Accessible
Use 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
Step 4: Make Your Print Material Accessible
Follow accessibility guidelines to create your accessible text-based or printed course documents, handouts, or slides.
Step 5: Make Your A/V Material Accessible
For non-print media course materials, add captions to your video or transcripts for your audio materials. Complete this captioning request form to request support to add captions. Visit Captioning Support Services page for more information.
Step 6: Make Your Web Presence Accessible
Make sure your Canvas, SJSU official faculty profile, or other web 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.
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.
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.
Documents pertaining to relevant policies and laws can be found here.