Most accessibility “best” practices – or even “better” practices – will help all of your students. The list below is far from complete, but it will get you started.
- “Designing an Accessible Online Course” by Explore Access is a toolkit that walks you through accessibility considerations briefly and clearly.
- “Accessibility Concerns During the COVID-19 Online Course Transitions” by Laura DePue includes feasible, concrete steps to make your materials more accessible.
- “Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19” by Aimi Hamraie is a great, short article with resources.
Modified exams or quizzes
- GauchoSpace quizzes allow you to modify the setting for a group or an individual: you can give them more time or more attempts.
Closed captioning is important to students with hearing loss, whose first language is not English, whose video might be freezing, who are studying in a place where they cannot have the sound on, etc.
- If a student needs an accommodation for captioning through DSP, send a help request to email@example.com to get your GauchoCast videos captioned. This applies to videos that you recorded yourself with the Panopto Recorder, videos you uploaded to GauchoCast from another source, and recorded Zoom sessions.
- In other cases, we recommend you use Google Slides closed captioning.
- For Zoom meetings, there is no built-in captioning. You can, however, use Google Slides’ closed captioning function together with Zoom. Alternatively, you can record the Zoom sessions, upload it to GauchoCast, and request captioning if you have a student who requires it.
- If you have students who have registered with the Disabled Students Program (DSP) who need a realtime text transcript of a Zoom session, DSP should contact you with information on adding a transcriptionist to your Zoom class meetings. The transcriptionist can open a private chat with the student and transcribe the meeting in realtime here.
- Use heading tags and paragraph styles to make your texts screenreader-friendly.
- Make sure images and graphs have captions that explain the content of the visual material.
- Check your GauchoSpace page for screenreader-friendliness using WAVE Extension.
- NoCoffee extension allows you to simulate several vision issues, including color blindness.
- Make sure your PDFs are searchable (OCR or optical character recognition).