Accessibility and Compliance
The Office of Student Disability Services(SDS) has provided the following advice:
As always, courses on campus or online should always be made accessible prior to the first day of course. The moment a course is made live and is not accessible in any way places the university out of compliance with university operating policies and procedures. When we were in emergency situation pivoting to a remote teaching environment due to COVID-19, we did our best to serve our students by making materials accessible. In an online teaching situation, the principles of universal design and accessibility compliance for all materials is the right thing to do and required for compliance standards.
Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are not able to access audio, video or live streaming lecture events. With the proper communication and advanced notification, faculty can use the Remote CART service to transcribe a synchronous (real time) lecture during an online class. Faculty will need to use Zoom or Collaborate Ultra to ensure that their scheduled lectures are open to the public so our captioners can enter the meeting to listen and provide access to the lecture material.
Videos or audio files should have an accompanied transcript. More detailed information about the ADA and TTU OP 10.08 can be found here. Contact Terry Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/accessibility/ to request assistance with captioning.
Contacts within the Office of Student Disability Services include:
Aimi Hamraie from Mapping Access, part of the Critical Design Lab, has posted a blog entitled Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 that offers some wonderful resources and considerations on accessibility.