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Accessible Instructional Materials

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Creating Accessible Instructional Materials

Cal Poly Pomona is committed to providing access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. To ensure courses are accessible to all users, instructional materials must be delivered in a manner that is equally effective for individuals with disabilities as without disabilities.

Faculty have a large role to play in creating accessible learning materials, and the campus has many resources to help. To learn more about accessibility, see the Chancellor’s Office Accessible Technology website. To learn more about our campus policies and resources, see the Disability Resource Center website.

This page provides you with resources to make creating your course and web materials as easy as possible.

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard (Bb) Ally checks uploaded Word docs, PowerPoints, and PDFs for characteristics that make materials accessible to students with disabilities and more flexibly available for all students. It provides recommendations for enhancing accessibility and generates reports to direct resources to the most important issues. To see how Bb Ally works, watch the Bb Ally for Instructor video.

Blackboard Ally Pilot

Interested in using Bb Ally in your own course? We’re looking for about 50 faculty members teaching in Fall 2018 to pilot-test the Bb Ally from the faculty perspective, continuing in Spring 2019 with carefully solicited student input.

Learn more about Bb Ally Pilot

Basic Accessibility Terms

Screen Reader: Screen readers are used by individuals with visual impairments. Screen readers scan materials, word-by-word, and then read all the text back to the individual through the computer speakers.

Captions and Transcripts: Captions and/or transcripts should accompany all audio and video materials. Captions and transcripts serve as a description of what is happening in the audio or video (either a summary or word-for-word representation), allowing hearing impaired individuals, as well as non-native speakers, the opportunity to receive the same content from audio and video that a hearing individual would receive. Contact MediaVision for assistance adding captions to your audio/visual content.

Alt Text: Alternative text, also known as alt text, should accompany every image that has meaning, i.e. not purely decorative images. Alt text serves as a description of what is happening in the image, allowing visually impaired individuals, through the use of a screen reader, the opportunity to receive the same content from an image that a sighted individual would receive.

Tutorials for Creating Accessible Materials

Additional Resources