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Accessibility Considerations in Remote Teaching

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Accessibility Considerations in Remote Teaching

Accessibility Considerations in Remote Teaching

When changes to the learning environment occur, creating an inclusive and accessible learning experience for students with disabilities is a top priority. This includes providing accessible content and implementing student disability accommodations.

 

Faculty and students should be prepared to discuss accommodation needs that may arise. The team at MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) will be available to answer questions about implementing accommodations.

 

Contact information for Team RCPD is found at https://www.rcpd.msu.edu/teamrcpd. Resources for creating accessible online course materials to ensure inclusive learning experiences are available at webaccess.msu.edu. You can also review the Accessibility Quick Tips below and find more details on webaccess:

  • Text Contrast: Use black text on a white background to ensure that the text stands out on the page.
  • Text Styles: Do not rely on color alone to denote differences in emphasis and content meaning.
  • Heading Styles: Use built-in heading styles to designate content organization.
  • List Styles: Use the built-in bullet or number styles for lists.
  • Alt Text: Provide a brief text alternative for images, graphs, and charts that answers the question: why is this image important?
  • Closed Captioning: Captioning your media provides greater student comprehension of the material covered and provides access to media for individuals with hearing impairments in compliance with federal regulations.
    • As you create media content for virtual teaching, we recommend that you upload it to Kaltura MediaSpace and order closed captions. 
  • Link Text: Use descriptive titles for link text, titles, and headers.
  • Tables: Use simple tables when possible, with column and row headers.
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Makena Neal MSU Online & Remote Teaching
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