Accessibility of Course Content

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Creating the Accessible Classroom

Creating an accessible classroom allows all students to be active participants in their learning experience. At Kent State University, we are committed to providing students with an inclusive and accessible learning environment. Kent State works to ensure that all physical structures are accessible by creating ramps, elevators, enlarged doorways and hallways, and accessible restrooms. The virtual environment is equally important to consider when developing course content and teaching online courses.

Accessing and Navigating Your Classroom

The physical classroom structure should be set up so students to seating and access other materials or equipment (i.e computer workstations) during class.  If furniture needs to be arranged for group work, ensure the walkways are clear allowing students  still to navigate your classroom. If accessible furniture is placed in your classroom, please ensure the SAS desk, chair, and or any other SAS furniture remains available for SAS student to use.

General Suggestions

  • Include our approved disability accommodation statement on each syllabus, every semester.
  • Allow the due dates and courses topics outlines in your syllabi to serve as a guide for both you and your students. Having a concrete timeline regarding course content and assignments will make it easier to generate accessible materials in a timely fashion.
  • Contact our office with questions or concerns you might have about making your course content and classroom accessible.

Resources for creating accessible course content

Accessibility Rubric

Accessibility Check List for Faculty  /  Accessibility Check List for Faculty - accessible version

Creating Meaningful Links for Screen Readers

Extending exam/quiz time in Blackboard Learn

Microsoft Word documents

Microsoft PowerPoint presentations

PDF documents from Microsoft Word

PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat X

Quick guide for making Blackboard Learn courses accessible

How to search for ADA compliant Youtube videos

Access to NBC Learn Higher Ed for closed captioned videos