One of President Hitt’s goals for the University of Central Florida’s is to be more inclusive and diverse. This goal is particularly critical in our classrooms, where faculty members encounter students with a wide range of backgrounds and learning needs each semester.
Because of my commitment to creating an inclusive environment for our students, I encourage our faculty to learn about the resources UCF provides to help us advance this goal.
While it is essential to continue to incorporate technology into the teaching process, our courses must be accessible and usable to everyone. A commitment to accessibility allows UCF, at minimum, to fulfill federal compliance requirements and, ideally, to incorporate approaches to course design that benefit all students.
If you have questions about how to make your course usable for all learners, please work with one or more of the offices below:
I wish each of you the very best during this new semester. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to accessibility and to excellence in instruction and serving our students.
There should be transcripts for audio recordings and captions or subtitles for video. If there are not, ask the publishing representative if they would provide a captioned version in a timely manner if a student who needed them registered for your class.Can all of the text that is displayed on the screen be read aloud by text-to-speech software?
Screen readers (assistive technology used by people who are blind) read real text. They cannot read images of text or text embedded in Flash animations/movies/simulations.Can all interactivity (media players, quizzes, flashcards, etc.) be completed by keyboard alone (no mouse required)?
People who are blind or people who have upper mobility disabilities cannot use a mouse. They use the keyboard to navigate and interact with the Web. It is required that any interactive elements on the publisher's website (or on a DVD included with the book) be operable by a keyboard alone if they are used in your course. For example: An interactive exercise that requires dragging and dropping is not keyboard accessible, so unless there is a keyboard option to dragging and dropping, that sort of exercise should not be used in your course.Is there any documentation available (VPAT or White Paper for example) that confirms accessibility or usability testing results?
A VPAT is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. It is used by many organizations to report the level of accessibility of their software products. If the publisher doesn't have a VPAT or any research that confirms the accessibility of their product(s), don't just take their word for how accessible they are.If the faculty selects an online textbook, what is the process for requesting accessible text for a student with a documented print disability to have access to the online textbook?
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