Learning is best when content is accessible for all. This can be accomplished by applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) when creating course content, such as class readings, videos, or online meetings.
This page will provide information and resources to help instructors build a class with UDL in mind. Other areas that can provide information about Universal Design for Learning include the Armacost Library, Canvas and the Office of Academic Success and Disability.
Setting up a PDF with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows students that utilize text readers or mobile devices to have access to the PDF. Insuring that the PDF is converted to a OCR document allows better interaction with the text in that people can now Search within the document, Select text in the document, Highlight text for better note taking, and Listen to the text.
You can convert a PDF into an OCR PDF through:
For all students readable text is important for comprehension. To provide readable texts to students it is best to supply good quality digital documents, in the place of scanned documents. You can find digital documents through the Armacost Library by searching the article databases that the University has access to or use the Interlibrary Loan program to retrieve sources from other Libraries.
If the document can not be found through the library or is only available through physical text here are some tips for creating a clean PDF scan.
Captioning and transcribing videos benefits viewers that are unable to hear the audio, in a noisy location, would like to search the videos text, and/or want to check the spelling of the words. With some limitations* Teams and Kaltura can help create machine generated captioning and transcriptions for your videos.
* Limitations include English only captioning and inaccuracy of machine generated text.
A thoughtful statement on your website or Canvas initial page that describes your intention in making your online presence accessible is important.
Here is an example from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock:
“Usability, Access and Design; I am committed to creating a course that is inclusive and accessible. If you are encountering barriers, please let me know immediately so we can determine if a design adjustment can be made. I am glad to consider creative solutions as long as they do not compromise the learning goals.”
Simple and consistent navigation helps visitors move throughout your course and site. Here are some tips that can help.
Clear and readable text assists users in understanding your documents and webpages.
The color of text and images on a document or page can affect the readability of the text. Some topics to think about when using color are:
Images while useful in conveying information may not be accessible to all students. When adding a image to a site it is good to provide descriptive text along with it. This text call alt text can be read by the end user and screen reading tools. When making alt text provide a good description of the image including what you want the reader to understand about the image.
Various tools allow the end user to easily add text to images when added.