Skyline College is committed to accessibility for all students. This page outlines some faculty resources from CTTL. Please contact us or come to office hours for help with course design and accessibility.
California Community College Resources
The California Community College office offers a wealth of help, training, and materials on accessibility, from creating accessible documents, images, and files to training opportunities and in-depth instructions for video captioning.
Skyline College Educational Access Center (EAC)
Formerly known as DRC, the Educational Access Center provides accommodations, counseling, and support services to students with documented disabilities.
Training and Professional Development
CTTL offers periodic training on Flex Days for faculty on accessibility, captioning, course design, and more. Here is an example from the October 2020 Flex Day Workshop.
Course Design and Materials
Universal course design or Universal Design for Learning (UDL), strives to engage all learners, including those with differing abilities. Universal Design for Learning involves faculty, instructional designers, distance education coordinators, accessibility specialists, instructional technologists and administrators. Faculty should consider the ramifications for all students in designing content delivery and using technology.
Course Materials and Canvas
Required course materials must be provided in an accessible format. If third-party websites, services, or products, are used as required course materials and you cannot guarantee accessibility of the content, you must be prepared to provide accessible equivalent versions of the content for students with disabilities. It is your responsibility as faculty to conscientiously select course content and materials from external sources that are accessible.
Documents, files, and images can easily be made accessible with built in tools from Adobe, Microsoft, and more.
All community college campuses are required by policy and law to ensure that their websites, instructional materials, and electronic and information technology products and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Many of these resources, e.g., multimedia and video, require captioning to be considered accessible.
Skyline College offers many options for captioning, including
- Otter/ai for livestream Zoom captioning
- 3C Media for captioning educational videos (CCC DECT grant)
- Zoom Pro captioning of zoom recordings (takes 2-3 days)
- YouTube automatic captioning (less than optimal, but easy to use)
- PanOpto video hosting and captioning (coming soon).
The faculty repository contains a wealth of information on captioning.
Please contact Chris Weidman, Accessibility Specialist with questions.