Creating Accessible Course Materials
All materials distributed to students, whether in-class or online, in hard copy or electronic format, by faculty or TA, must be accessible to those who use adaptive technology software. This page has various resources on how to make your course materials accessible for all students.
Tips for Making Your Course Materials Accessible
- It is highly recommended that faculty utilize E-Commons for course management. E-Commons is ADA accessible.
- Movies, slides, or video, in accordance with Federal Law, must be captioned or subtitled. This includes films and video clips posted online. Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) is available to support faculty through the process. Please visit our Captioning FAQ's.
- You can assist the DRC in making textbooks accessible to students by:
- Identifying your course book selections at least six weeks before classes begin; In order for students to acquire their course materials in an alternate format (audio, Braille, large print), it is essential that faculty confirm reading lists as early as possible.
- Submitting book information to the Bay Tree Bookstore no later than the end of the previous quarter. Please provide your reading list to the Baytree Bookstore even if you plan to use an off campus bookstore. This ensures ADA accessibility as well as acceptance of book vouchers for students. (the Literary Guillotine and other off-campus locations are not always accessible for students with visual impairments and the Department of Rehabilitation will not reimburse off-campus bookstores).
- Apprising the DRC of the status of your materials when you’ve been notified that a student who uses adaptive technology is in your class, so the DRC has the necessary time to create course materials in accessible formats (e.g. Braille, audio format, etc.)
- Making copies of your syllabi available to the DRC roughly two weeks before the beginning of the quarter, so the DRC is informed about the reading assignment schedule
- Please provide clean copies of articles. No notes in margin or underlines or crooked photocopies.
Sensus Access converts documents into an accessible/readable version. Sensus Access can convert the following formats: .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .PPT, .PPTX, .TXT, .XML, .HTML, .HTM, .RTF, .EPUB, .MOBI, .TIFF, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, .BMP, .PCX, .DCX, .J2K, .JP2, .JPX, .DJV and .ASC
Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) strategies may reduce or eliminate the need for individual accommodations in many cases. UDI also serves the variety of learning styles and cultural backgrounds of our diverse student body and it is consistent with the UCSC Academic Senate COT focus on “learning centered teaching.” Many of your colleagues have already implemented UDI strategies.
CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
University of Washington presents, DO-IT: Strategies for Accessible Teaching: This website provides a large overview of what Universal Design (UD) means and what it entails. It also includes different strategies and applications of UD in the classroom.
Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education: UDL provides useful guidelines for developing curricula, selecting materials and creating learning environments that takes into account the wide variability of learners in higher ed environments. Their website provides helpful guides for: Course Design, Media and Materials, Accessibility and Policy, etc.