Course Structure #6

6. (28) The course adequately addresses the needs of the students with disabilities via alternative instructional strategies and/or referral to special institutional resources.

Not Observed      Insufficient      Moderate Use       Meets Criterion Completely

The School of Information is committed to accessibility of all instructional materials. The School requires all faculty members to provide a text equivalent of audio content and provides transcription services as needed. Synchronous captioning is provided as needed in web conference sessions.

All course materials are in digital format which allows users to access technology assistance for particular needs (e.g., display with larger font size, individual selection of color/contrast, audible reading of text). Standard file formats are used for course materials and all students are required to have the appropriate software.

The University’s Learning Management System, Canvas, is fully accessible. See Canvas accessibility details.

Faculty members use the library’s online course reserves for class readings. The library ensures that PDF files are properly prepared to support automated audible reading.

Textbook selections are posted well in advance of the semester start to allow time for any needed conversions to alternate formats.

In cooperation with the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative, the iSchool website and all iSchool Web applications are tested by the iSchool Web Technologist to ensure compliance with Section 508 standards, as well as the more rigorous Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standards.   A specialized accessibility extension for the Firefox Web browser is used, which utilizes the “Cynthia Says” portal to test websites for compliance with Section 508 and WAI standards.

All School-produced videos (e.g. guest speakers and colloquia) are captioned to ensure accessibility.

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