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 Faculty
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.
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).
Instructional Materials via TITANium 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 TITANium. 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.
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.
Support faculty in the creation of accessible course content
OET offers a certificate program in Accessible Instructional Materials 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.
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.
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.
Communication to students and faculty about Instructional Materials Accessibility
Online Education and Training (OET) 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 300.004 at minimum course outlines shall give detailed information for each course. The Faculty Development Center provides a Syllabus Design and Resources 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 TITANium (LMS) to provide feedback for faculty and guidance in fixing instructional material to meet document accessibility standards.