Top 6 Ways to Ensure Accessible Course Materials at Mount Holyoke College
1. Post your required books to the ISIS booklist
- July 1st for Fall/ December 1st for Spring.
- No books? Indicate “no books required” in ISIS.
- Faculty are not required to find electronic books for students OR change their book selections based on accessibility needs in their courses.
- Click here for ISIS directions and a FAQ: (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/registrar/isis)
2. Provide handouts as Word Documents, PowerPoint presentations, or PDFs
- Via Moodle, email, or Google Drive.
- Use Sans Serif fonts whenever possible.
- Create PowerPoint Presentations by using auto-layouts.
- Choose effective color contrast and avoid these color combos: red/blue, red/green, dark green/black/blue/black, shades of gray or tan
- Do not use color alone to convey meaning.
- Click here for detailed document guidelines (http://goo.gl/BijE8P)
3. Work with LITS liaison, DAPS, and AAS to find or create high-quality scanned documents
- LITS liaisons will search for materials in databases and other online sources.
- Digital Archives and Preservation Services (DAPS) can scan materials.
- AAS can survey your materials for accessibility issues.
- Click here to determine your LITS liaison: (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/liaisons)
- Click here to contact DAPS: (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/learn/submit_ereserves)
4. Follow the scanning guidelines if you scan your own documents
- Post scanned documents as PDFs.
- Scan in black and white (text only) or grayscale (text and images/photos).
- Use only “clean” source materials, e.g. no handwritten underlining or notes and no color highlighting
- Scan your document as a 1-page rather than 2-page scan.
- Check for cut-off text, shadows, and missing page numbers.
- Make sure your PDF has selectable text and OCR the document if it does not.
- Be consistent with file names and post your document right-side up.
- Click here for scanning directions: (http://goo.gl/r7lBHX)
- Click here for OCR directions: (http://goo.gl/HCT1JP)
5. Be mindful of large print needs in your class
- Read aloud everything written on the board.
- Check for readable text on equipment, classroom materials, and signage.
- Click here for large print guidelines: (http://goo.gl/nPGldJ)
6. Survey your video and audio files
- Videos must be captioned.
- Audio must have a corresponding transcript.
- Contact AccessAbility Services for questions about captioning videos.