Consider the following quick tips as you work to make your course accessible in an online format:
- Respect all of your students' current accommodation needs: consider these needs as you work to move course content online. Contact the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) and Hege Library staff for any assistance you might need.
- Make sure all course PDFs have been converted with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) so that the text is readable in multiple formats (screen reader, etc.). If text in a PDF is searchable, it has been OCR-ed: most articles and ebooks from library databases have already been OCR-ed, but it is important to double-check. You can convert materials with OCR in the following ways:
- You can convert PDFs using Read & Write Gold Software. Contact the ARC if you need assistance with the process of installing it on your computer.
- The Sharp printer/scanners have an OCR feature that you can use when scanning readings. See this Sharp walkthrough for help.
- When using videos, make sure videos have been captioned or that a transcript has been provided. When using images, make sure they are described, for example by providing alt text ("alternative text") - Canvas prompts you to add descriptive alt text when you add an image.
- Some online video services like YouTube caption videos for you, but you will want to double-check for accuracy. Many of Hege Library's streaming video services, like Kanopy, either have captions already available or can create them upon request for material not yet captioned.
- Make adjustments to assignment due dates and quiz times as needed.
Read through these suggestions and resources by Aimi Hamraie, "Accessible Teaching in the Time of Covid-19": Aimi has suggestions for options depending on the type of course (lecture-based, discussion-based) and the type of assignments (projects, presentations, papers and tests...).
Check out this resource from Sheryl Burgstahler at the University of Washington: "20 Tips for Teaching an Online Course" (also available as a PDF, below, and as a video!).