Online Teaching and Accessibility Strategies
In support of the University of Arizona's response to COVID-19 to move to online instruction we have provided information and considerations below that will assist in that process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your students with disabilities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use D2L's Accessibility Checker to make sure the content you add to your course site is accessible.
- Blackboard Ally's file transformer is currently available for free: upload files of type PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX or HTML and get back an alternative accessible format file of type:
- HTML For viewing in the browser and on mobile devices
- ePub For reading as an e-book on an iPad and other e-book readers
- Electronic braille BRF version for consumption on electronic braille displays
- Audio MP3 version for listening
- BeeLine Reader Enhanced version for easier and faster on-screen reading
- 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.
- If an article you have selected is inaccessible, try to re-download articles directly from the journal or Website as they may in an accessible format. Work with UA Library staff to get access to more sources.
If there is a disability related request for captions and/or Sign Language interpreters in your course, DRC will work closely with you to coordinate and develop a plan. However, if you do not have a current request and decide to record lectures/meetings learn more about captioning your content.
This may be the first time a student is experiencing online lectures. Remember to practice good presentation skills and describe charts/graphs or other graphics, and read content aloud if it’s not incorporated into your speech.
Please follow the most up to date Modification to UA’s Class Absence Practices . If you decide to use Zoom to meet with or conduct a class like settings - view Zoom Accessibility Techniques for the best experience for you and your students.
DRC staff are available to support instructors in exploring other assessment options such as take home assessments that would alleviate the need for accommodations, or moving exams online and providing you with necessary information to facilitate the implementation of disability related reasonable accommodations.
DRC-Testing will not be proctoring exams in person until further notice and students will not be able to schedule for exams through the DRC website.
If you decide to administer an online assessment you will need the list of your students and their accommodations. View instructions on how to access an excel list of your disabled students (PDF), or follow the below:
- Go to: http://drc.arizona.edu
- Select “Instructor Login” and enter UA Netid information
- Select the “Continue to View Student Accommodations” button in the “Reminders” section
- Select the “Export Student Courses with Eligibility” In the “Export Search Results to CSV” section
If you choose to conduct assessments through D2L:
If you would like to consider using Examity for your high-stakes test, contact InTech at InTech@arizona.edu to schedule your training and course import. If Examity is not a good fit for your course, Digital Learning and the Office of Instruction and Assessment have Instructional Design support on call to talk with you about alternative assessment approaches. Please visit oia.arizona.edu to connect with an Instructional Designer via zoom. If you are using Examity to proctor online exams, disabled students will access Examity and use Examity. Should you or the student have questions about accessibility of the exam or Examity process, please contact DRC at (520) 621-5760 or email@example.com
- To view how to set up extended time through Examity using D2L, access the Instructor Quick Guide (PDF)
- Also view the Examity Automated Proctoring Quick Guide for Instructors