Frequently Asked Questions - General


General FAQs

What is course content?

Any informational material that is required for participation or understanding content such as assigned readings, video recordings, exams, and any other material needed for learning.

Are there examples of accessible & inaccessible files?

Yes, please click on the links below to view and download versions of both. The examples below are of the exact same pages of a book.

Accessible Version

Non-Accessible Version

Is there support available to faculty?

Absolutely. Please see our page, Support Resources for Faculty, for a chart of available support options on campus.

What are first steps I can take to make my course content accessible?

  • Ensure captioning is available on your videos
  • Ensure all files are searchable and can be read by a screenreader
  • Go through our Best Practices page to see what to avoid and how to structure course material
  • See our Adding Accessible Readings to bCourses page if you are distributing content on bCourses

What are some of the laws in this area?

  • The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by public entities. 
    • Title II of ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all services, programs, and activities provided to the public by State and local governments
    • Title III of ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodations such as schools
  • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs run by federal agencies
    • Section 504 covers accommodation by disability service offices, such as DSP, to serve students' disability needs
    • Section 508 covers access to accessible content such as software, videos, and documents during the time of creation