FAQ's: Accessible Instructional Materials-Related Questions

Question:

As an instructor, am I responsible for making all of my handouts accessible?
Yes. All handouts given to students should be accessible to all students enrolled in your class. Instructor-created handouts should be developed in an accessible manner. Training materials for creating Accessible Word Documents and other document types can be found on the Accessible Technology Initiative's (ATI) Professional Development website. Photocopied or scanned documents can be converted by the Accessible Resources Center (ARC) office.

If you review handouts during class time, students who need accessible documents will need to have the documents before class so that they can review the materials. You can discuss details with the students, but some possible solutions include posting all documents on Moodle so all students can access the materials before class or emailing the documents directly to students.

 

Question:

If I list books on reserve in the Library as recommended readings, do these have to be accessible? If so, who is responsible for making these books accessible?
All required or recommended instructional materials need to be accessible to all students enrolled in your class. In addition, all required or recommended books (including those on reserve in the Library) should be identified on the course syllabus and the HSU Bookstore should be notified of the adoptions for the course so that the books can be cross-listed with the particular course. The people and/or departments responsible for making the required or recommended instructional materials accessible will vary depending on the type and percentage of the book needed. The Accessible Instructional Materials Conversion Chart may be helpful in determining who is responsible for converting materials into an accessible format.

 

Question:

What should I do about the videos I show in class?
All videos should be captioned, and the captions should always be turned on when you show the videos in class.  You may not always know if there are students in your class that have hearing loss, and asking the class, "Is there anyone here who needs the captions turned on?" requires students to disclose personal and confidential information that they may otherwise not disclose.  In additon, captions are helpful for reasons other than hearing loss or deafness.  For example, individuals with attention difficulties benefit from captions and students who process information better visually rather than auditorily benefit from captioned videos.

 

Question:

How do I know what materials I am responsible for making accessible versus what I should take to either Accessible Resources Center (ARC) or SDRC?
Students request their e-text accommodation from the SDRC, and the SDRC converts their required and recommended textbooks into an accessible format.  Instructors are generally not involved with this accommodation beyond their responsibility of identifying the textbook(s) they will be using by the predetermined date. 

Instructors are responsible for ensuring their handouts and other required readings are accessible.  The Accessible Resources Center (ARC) office is available to assist faculty in converting paper-based documents (articles, chapters from a book, etc.) into an accessible electronic format that can be uploaded to Moodle.

Documents that instructors create and distribute to students should be created in an accessible manner.  Training materials for creating Accessible Word Documents and other document types can be found on the Accessible Technology Initiative's (ATI) Professional Development website.

 

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