Introduction to Accessibility
This section includes an interactive activity that will help you identify some of the most common accessibility mistakes we make while creating teaching materials. You will also find a downloadable checklist that will help you make your new and existing content accessible.
Make sure you have been through the Book in the previous section before attempting this activity. Go through this activity and try to identify accessibility issues with the content provided (a word document, a powerpoint file and a video).
Each page has one question and you can get the feedback instantly. You may want to refer to the Checklist below before attempting the activity as the questions are related to the issues highlighted in the Checklist.
Download this checklist and use it against your teaching materials to find out if your content meet minimum accessibility requirements.
Convert a File using Sensus Access
SensusAccess is a self-service portal for educational institutions. It allows students, faculties and staff to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille.
Click on the link to convert a document using the SensusAccess service.
There is a also a dedicated QMplus area that provides access to training materials for the SensusAccess service. These materials have been provided by SensusAccess themselves. You can access the SensusAccess QMplus area here.
Captions and Transcription in QMplus Media
QMplus Media is our institutional YouTube. Staff and students can upload video and audio to QMplus Media and then share it with others in a variety of ways. People worry about the accessibility of video and perhaps steer clear because of these worries. Video can, however, be very accessible...particularly to those who may have issues with text.
QMplus Media provides a variety of features that can help you to create accessible learning materials.
- pageYou can request automatic captions for any video that you upload to QMplus Media. It’s straightforward to do and is one way that you can improve the accessibility of your teaching materials. Once captions are available, viewers can turn them on and off in the QMplus Media video player and an interactive transcript of the video will appear below it allowing viewers to search for specific parts of the video and jump to them. The transcript can also be downloaded as a text file.
- urlThis user guide shows how to request captions for a video on QMplus Media and how to edit the captions once they are created.
Improve the usability and accessibility of the content that you upload to QMplus, using Blackboard Ally.