Inclusive Teaching and Accessibility Strategies
Course Design and Content
As the University of Arizona is providing more remote and hybrid instruction for many classes, the information and considerations below will assist instructors in ensuring an inclusive and accessible class experience for all of their students, including students with disabilities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your students with disabilities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New training series:
View our recordings and visit our Q&A sessions for the "6 tips for creating accessible documents" series.
Build-in opportunities for feedback and open communication with your students.
- Check-in with students (and members of your teaching team). Assess their needs and their access to networks and technology off campus.
Include flexibility for class attendance and participation.
- Plan for change. Online and in-person courses can be affected by factors outside of our control. Consider contingencies and plan for them.
Provide information using multiple methods of representation, engagement, and expression to support diverse learners. Incorporate diverse assessment strategies.
- Post content in multiple formats. For example, if you post PDF versions of your PowerPoint, consider posting the PowerPoint file as well to allow students to choose their viewing preferences, and students using assistive technologies can access the text.
- Create and post accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF Documents
- More on Universal Design for Learning (UDL):
Inclusive and accessible presentations:
Where to start?
- Make sure to describe charts/graphs or other graphics
- Read content aloud if it’s not incorporated into your speech
- Repeat questions asked during class or posted in chat
- Techniques for inclusive and accessible presentations
Only use or create captioned multimedia content
- Tip: Include the word "captioned" in your search for media.
- There are many resources for automatic, machine generated captions which can be used with common applications such as Zoom, PowerPoint 365, Panopto, etc.
- Turn on Zoom Live Auto Transcript
- If your class is held synchronously with students who request disability-related accommodations for communication access, DRC will work with you to ensure your class meeting is captioned.
Explore alternative assessment options such as take-home assessments, group projects, etc. that would minimize the need for accommodations and proctoring.
As much as possible, use University supported technology which has been vetted for accessibility, FERPA-compliance, and student privacy and safety.
- D2L's Accessibility Checker to make sure the content you add to your course site is accessible.
- Zoom accessibility techniques
- Blackboard Ally's file transformer is currently available for free: upload files of type PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX or HTML and receive accessible alternative formats.
- Teaching Discussions channel - MS Teams Channel to provide chat option with peers and teaching support staff.
- UDL Quick Tips to increase access in your class
- UArizona Tech Resources for Online Learning
- DO-IT: 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course
- Article: "Inclusive teaching: audio describing your own presentation"
Office of Instruction and Assessment
Office of the Provost
- Digital Learning upcoming workshops and events
- Digital Learning Culture of Honesty/Online assessment
Consult with DRC to ensure access and accommodations. Contact us at email@example.com or 520-621-3268.