Accessible Course Materials


Center for Faculty Development
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San Jose, CA 95192



Students bring a wide variety of visual, hearing, cognitive, physical and communication abilities to learning. This Universal Course Design [pdf] provides you an overview of what you CAN do for your students. A more detailed UDL Guidelines -Educator Worksheet [doc] or Universal/Inclusive Course Design checklist [pdf] is also available to ensure your courses are inclusive and accessible to all students.

Engaging for Success Summer Teaching Workshop

The purpose of this three half-day workshop is to help you (re)design teaching activities and materials that are best-suited for the wide variety of learner profiles and needs of the students in your clasees.  Workshop activities are grounded in the Universal Design for Learning Framework.  Participants will emerge with drafts of curricular materials to be implemented in a course they plan to teach the following semester. Participants must sign up in advance. (Deadline for Summer 2018 has passed.)

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

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 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.

Further Accessibility Resources 

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

SJSU Faculty and Students Share their Insights

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

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.