Faculty Course Preparation Guide
Please check the pages on this site for help in creating accessible technology, in particular:
Questions? Call 243-EITA (3482) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
- Is my syllabus accessible?
- Is my syllabus posted online at the Mansfield Library or on my own site?
- Does my syllabus include a statement of support for students with disabilities?
- Are my course textbooks available from the publisher in a digital format?
- If a textbook is not available in an accessible format, contact Disability Services for Students at 243-2243 for guidance.
Learning Management System Content
Content created in a learning management system such as Moodle is one of the easiest ways to make instructional materials accessible.
- Is the navigation structure in my Moodle course clear and consistent?
- Did I create accessible content (e.g. pages, labels, assignments, etc.) using the text editor in Moodle?
- Did I use a sans-serif font (such as Arial or Verdana)?
- Did I add heading styles to my content?
- Did I add alternate text to images?
- Did I provide an explanatory paragraph for graphs, diagrams, timelines, or other complex images?
- Did I format lists as proper lists?
- Did I avoid using color alone to convey information?
- Did I provide enough color contrast? (See the WebAIM Color Contrast Checker)
- Did I provide self-describing links?
- Did I use tables for tabular data (rather than for layout purposes), with appropriate table headers?
- Did I use Advanced forums for my online discussions?
- Do my quizzes contain one question per page?
- Did I adjust the settings of timed tests for students who require extended time on tests? See Test Modifications for Students from DSS.
- Was the content in my Moodle course (such as Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, etc.) created following the accessibility guidelines on this website?
- Do I manage web conferences (Blackboard Collaborate) in an accessible manner? See the following resources: Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Guide for Moderators and Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Guide for Participants.
- Contact UMOnline at 243-6434 for guidance.
- Did I create course handouts following the accessibility guidelines on this website?
- Did I ensure that scanned materials are tagged so that they contain accessible electronic text? See the scanning services provided by the Paw Print in the Mansfield Library and IT Accessibility Services.
- Did I select accessible software for student use?
- If the software is inaccessible, have I looked at alternate software or consulted DSS for appropriate accommodations?
- If I use an iClicker or a similar audience response system, does the manufacturer provide a response system that is accessible?
- Are questions provided in an accessible electronic format that a student can access during the exercise?
- Do my iClicker questions require the use of inaccessible hardware/software (e.g. graphing calculators to complete statistics exercises)? If so, do I allow my students to work in groups or do I have a plan for providing additional time/assistance?
Library Electronic Reserves
- Are my course reserve materials in an accessible and readable format?
- Did I choose materials from publishers and journals that provide accessible electronic content?
- Did I submit my course reserve materials to the Mansfield Library a minimum of 2 days in advance from the date they will be used in class? See Placing Materials on Course Reserve for information about the Library's guidelines on placing course materials on e-reserves.
- Did I establish a plan to provide an equal alternate form of access to content I placed on electronic reserves and traditional reserves, if either are not accessible by the first day of class?
- Did I follow Web accessibility guidelines when designing faculty or course webpages, blogs, wikis, etc.?
- Did I select accessible websites for class activities and resources?
Video and Audio
- Are my videos captioned?
- Are transcripts available for my video- or audio-based materials?
- If I could not locate a closed captioned/audio described version of my video, did I request assistance from the Mansfield Library?
- Did I establish a plan to caption videos that will be spontaneously identified and/or generated throughout the semester for use in my course curriculum?
FacPacks (Course Packs)
- Is FacPack content available in an accessible electronic format?
- Is FacPack content available online in Moodle? Contact UMOnline for guidance at 243-6434.
- Have I established a plan to provide an accessible electronic format by the first day of class? Contact Disability Services for Students at 243-2243 for guidance.
These guidelines are based on recommendations from the following national organizations:
- Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities
- National Instructional Materials Access Center
- National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
- National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard Center