Accessibility

It is essential that the materials put forth by Collin College are accessible to all members of the public, including all content within Canvas Courses. Each individual faculty and staff member at the College is responsible for ensuring their content is accessible to all. Keep reading below to learn more about your responsibility and discover resources to help aid you in this task.

 

Accessibility Resources for Staff and Faculty

Faculty Responsibility For Accessibility

1. Original Content (Canvas & Integrations): 

As an institution of higher learning, we are required by law to ensure that our course content is accessible to all of our students. This includes everything from the textbooks and publisher tools to handouts and exams. Thus, all Collin faculty are responsible for all materials in their course, including anything within and created by Canvas and any integrated application.

Luckily, Canvas includes a number of features to help ensure the accessibility of your content. The Canvas Accessibility Checker is an accessibility tool that checks common accessibility errors within the Rich Content Editor. This helps you to check for accessibility while you design and build course content, preventing future issues. In addition, Canvas also includes a Link Validator tool what checks that all links in your course are functioning.

Remember, the eLC is available (by appointment) to aid the instructor when designing and creating accessible course content. 


2. Third Party Content (Publisher Materials and Attributable Content):

Remember that individual faculty are responsible for ensuring that ALL content in their course  is accessible, regardless of the source. Although publishers often document how accessible (or inaccessible) their materials are, faculty are still ultimately responsible for ensuring accessibility for the materials appearing in their course. Take a look at this document for guidance on how to vet pubisher materials for accessibility, and remember to contact the eLC and/or the ACCESS office with any questions.  

In addition to scrutinizing publisher content, faculty must inspect all materials coming from other third party sources for accessibility. A prominent example of this is instructors using videos from YouTube in their course. These videos must be accessible to those with hearing impairment and thus must include closed captions . A note, if faculty create their own videos (Original content) these must include closed captions. for help with this please meet with our Instructional Technologists.

 

Access Office

When a student contacts you for accommodations due to disability, make sure to get the ACCESS Office involved for proper handling, don’t do it alone. Professional evaluation and documentation is critical to avoid legal issues.

Self-Paced Online Workshop

How to create accessible courses in Canvas 

Interested? Please contact Francis Choy at fchoy@collin.edu

 

 

TXDLA 2019 Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Francis Choy, Senior Instructional Designer
Andrew Campbell, Instructional Designer
Townsen Nelson, eLearning Assistant

McKinney LA232
Ben Miro, Senior Instructional Designer
Summer Helm, Instructional Technologist
Pamela Darling-Facio, Senior Instructional Designer
Petra Ochoa, eLearning Assistant

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Brad Hennigan, Senior Instructional Designer
Ophelia Eftekhar, Instructional Technologist
Wylie LB204
Bridget Vosloo, Instructional Designer
Roy Brookshire, Instructional Technologist
Vidhi Patel, eLearning Assistant

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Ann Blackman
Telephone: 972.516.5016
email: ablackman@collin.edu