Main menu

Document Conversion

There are several things that you, as an instructor, can do to assure all your students have access to course materials in a format that is accessible with assistive technologies and mobile devices. It takes time to create an accessible version of printed textbooks that can be accessed by screen readers and text-to-speech technologies. An accessible, electronic, version of a printed textbook is acquired by either requesting an electronic copy directly from the publisher or by scanning and converting the book manually.  With the time factor in mind consider:

  • Select and order your books early -- no later than by the UA Bookstore's Priority Date
    • DRC may reach out if your order has not been received by the Bookstore when we begin working on semester-related materials
    • Ask the publisher if an accessible, electronic version of the text is available. Additionally, check with vendors about accessibility of pre-packaged/third-party software used for homework solutions, assignments, assessments, etc.
  • Prepare your course syllabus early. Be sure to include dates and pages for required readings so DRC can provide course materials in time for class
  • Assist in locating print materials for conversion
    • Your student or DRC may contact you for a copy of your book, syllabus or online materials in order to scan them and create accessible electronic files
  • Post accessible information on D2L, Blackboard, or course website
    • DRC Staff may be added to your D2L course site in order to convert inaccessible course content into accessible electronic files.

More resources are available on creating accessible course materials and content.

Contact Annissa Corsi at 626-8988 or drc-books@email.arizona.edu if you would like additional information about the our document conversion process.