Accessibility for Online Courses
In response to the decision to take all courses online due to COVID-19 safety, please remember that Online/Web Accessibility is an essential consideration when building your course. Please see the resources below to guide you in the process:
- Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
- ITS Video and Audio Captioning and Transcription
- Zoom Teleconferencing Accessibility Features
- Zoom Teleconferencing Captions - Requires Captionist (CART/Type Well) in meeting
- Note: Screen Sharing is not accessible to screen readers for the blind.
- Microsoft Teams - Accessibility Support
- Note: Whiteboard and Screen Sharing is not accessible to screen readers for the blind. This content should be verbally described by the presenter.
- Desktop version has "automatic live captions" which are not 100% accurate, but are useful.
- 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course - U of Washington DO-IT Center
- Please do a bad job of putting your courses online. - Rebecca Barrett-Fox
Tools to make it work:
- Zoom - Conferencing software
- Microsoft Teams - Has automatic closed captioning on desktop version.
- NOTE: Automatic captions are NOT 100% accurate. Speak slowly and precisely to improve accuracy.
- Microsoft Office Lens - Turn your phone into a scanner
- Adobe Scan - Turn your phone into a scanner, with character recognition.
- TextHelp EquatIO Free for Teachers - Need help with creating accessible math? Equatio offers free Teacher Accounts of their software.