Accessibility and Accommodations
If you have a student(s) who requires accommodations, you have received a letter from the Disability Resource Center with details about what you must do for them, including making synchronous media accessible. Similarly, if you are creating media, documents, or broadcasts that are public facing, those materials must comply with USG Accessibility Standards. This includes alternative text, captions, and proper formatting for text readers. All materials must pass WebAIM checks. PowerPoint has an accessibility checker under the “File” tab that is very helpful.
Even if you do not have a student who needs accommodations and you post materials where only your class can access them, such as in eLC, it is best practice to provide a level of accessibility. During times of high stress, students have a harder time focusing on their studies. Accessible documents allow software to extract the document structure and that helps students stay organized and focused. Gernbacher (2015) performed a meta analysis demonstrating that captioning helps everyone by improving “comprehension of, attention to, and memory for the video.”
One of the best things you can do to help your students learn is replace all inaccessible, scanned PDF images with an accessible copy from the UGA Library. Perfection is not expected. Aim to provide students with the support they need to meet your essential course learning outcomes during the disruption.
For more information for faculty who have students with accommodations actively enrolled in a course visit the DRC Service Continuity Information | Disability Resource Center.