Instructional Materials

What is Instructional Materials Accessibility

Instructional materials and online course materials must be accessible to persons with disabilities in order to provide them with effective communication.  Communication should be, to the extent possible, as effective for persons with disabilities as it is for persons without disabilities.  An essential component of effective communication is timeliness of delivery of accessible formats.  To the extent possible, instructional materials, including online course materials, must be accessible to students with disabilities at the same time it is available to any other student enrolled in that program.  

As mentioned in the University Catalog IV. Policies Concerning Faculty and Expectations of FacultyOpens in new window


ATI Policies and Processes for Instructional Materials

Timely adoption of textbooks by faculty

Each semester Academic Affairs Management emails all Faculty about the Timely Ordering of Textbooks at CSU Fullerton. The email contains the deadline for at least two upcoming semesters. For the upcoming Summer and Fall semester or for the upcoming Winter and Spring semester. Faculty is encouraged to consider low- and no-cost materials to help ensure an affordable, accessible, high-quality education for students.

Timely adoption of textbooks procedurePDF File Opens in new window .


Data and Performance Reports regarding adoption of IM and timely, late-hire adoption is available upon request by emailing the Titan Shops directly.


Faculty Role In Supporting Students with Disabilities

Faculty members and DSS support staff work together to facilitate students in their legal right to access education at CSUF.  If a student self-disclosed that he/she has a disability and requests an accommodation, faculty should refer them to contact DSS.  Students who connect to DSS are provided an official Letter of Accommodation (LOA).

Support Students with Disabilities UPS 300.001PDF File Opens in new window


Instructional Materials via Canvas the Campus learning management system

Faculty members are encouraged to support their students by posting instructional materials through the Campus' learning management system known as Canvas.  Online Education and Training has posted various training materials to help faculty setup courses, record attendance, discussions, post grades, and perform online chats with students.

Resolution on Course Outlines and SyllabiPDF File

Canvas Resource Center

Learning Managememnt System Accessibility Enhancement ProceduresPDF File


accessibility requirements for instructional materials and curriculum Approval

Federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that Departments meet deadlines for reporting instructional materials selections each semester to that materials can be made accessible for all students.

Faculty Selection of Instructional Materials UPS 300.011PDF File Opens in new window


Support faculty in the creation of accessible course content

OET offers a certificate program in Accessible Instructional MaterialsOpens in new window  to help faculty understand and create flexible learning resources to accommodate students with disabilities. 


All CourseMatch Courses get audited by IT Staff trained on accessibility. After the audit of each course’s instructional material the IT staff forwards the accessibility evaluation to a dedicated Instructional Designer from OET who contacts the faculty member for remediation.


Campus offers tools for creating captions like Camtasia, VoiceThread's captioning option and ShareStream auto-caption running the IBM Watson engine.

Captioning is available via a vendor for a fast turnaround by contacting the ATI staff in the ATC for a fee. Captioning of exclusively lecture material is available for free via Online Education and Training (OET). The department actively markets and reaches out faculty to have their lecture material captioned. If a student with disability has self-identified then DSS will create captions or transcripts by reaching out to the course faculty of student prior to semester start to collect all their media for captioning/transcription.

If there's a need for captioning (non-lecture material) or expidited captioning services the Campus can work with our vendor to get your materials captioned.  This process will incure fees that will be paid by the requesting department via a department chargeback.  You will need to have your chargeback number when you contact any of the support staff listed below.

Support Staff
Name Department
Marc Montaser Academic Technology Center, IT
Marc Trinh Academic Technology Center, IT
David Palmquist Library
Marsha Orr School of Nursing
Justin Gerboc Alumni Relations
DSS Team Disability Support Services

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally allows faculty to see the accessibility of their instructional documents within the LMS by providing an accessibility score to every document uploaded by the faculty. Simultaneously Ally also offers students to download an alternative format file of their choice of each instructional document that has been uploaded by their faculty.  Faculty that would like improve their accessibility score can get assistance from OET’s Instructional Designers or sign up for one of the Document Accessibility Trainings on the CSUF ATI main site. 

Ally automatically generates and provides alternative formats of all uploaded documents in the campus learning management system.

Ally generates the following formats:

  • BeeLine
  • eBraille
  • ePub
  • HTML
  • OCRed PDF
  • Tagged PDF
  • Audio

 Please use the Ally Instructor PackagePDF File Opens in new window to improve your instructional materials stored in the LMS.


Communication to students and faculty about Instructional Materials Accessibility

Online Education and Training (OET)Opens in new window is ready to help faculty members with the creation and improvement of online, hybrid and web-enhanced classes.  The mission of the Office of Disability Support Services at California State University, Fullerton is to increase access and retention for students, faculty, and staff with permanent and temporary disabilities by ensuring equitable treatment in all aspects of campus life.  



Faculty Course Design Checklist for accessibility

In accordance with Policy on Syllabi (Course Outlines) UPS 300.004PDF File at minimum course outlines shall give detailed information for each course.  The Faculty Development Center provides a Syllabus Design and ResourcesOpens in new window  section including a course syllabus checklist will help faculty make sure they continue to meet these requirements.


Instructional Materials Evaluations

All CourseMatch courses are audited for accessibility prior to start of class.  After the audit of each course’s instructional material the IT staff forwards the accessibility evaluation to a dedicated Instructional Designer from OET who contacts the faculty member for remediation.

Blackboard Ally is a self evaluation tool for faculty within Canvas (LMS) to provide feedback for faculty and guidance in fixing instructional material to meet document accessibility standards.