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.

Creating alternate media  

Accessibility help desk 

CCC training opportunities 

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.

Ten Day Accessibility Challenge 

CTTL Professional Development

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. 

Visit the faculty repository to learn more about UDL and accessibility, or contact us.

Chris Weidman, Accessibility Specialist 

Andrea Fuentes, Instructional Designer

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. 

Canvas also offers built in tools for headings, images, and tables to improve accessibility.  Visit the repository for tutorial videos on using images/color and creating accessible content in Canvas.

Captioning 

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
  • Panopto video hosting and 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)

The faculty repository contains a wealth of information on captioning.

Please contact Chris Weidman, Accessibility Specialist  with questions.