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Creating Accessible Online Platforms

  • Design for students with visual impairment

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    • Ensure any new documents are searchable. If the PDF is not searchable, include an alternative, plain text version of the document. Avoid using PDFs presented as images.  Contact Sara Bea to convert a PDF to an accessible format.
    • When possible, share PowerPoints or class materials ahead of time with students; some may be using assistive technology to access them during class.
  • Design for students with hearing impairments
    • Limit background noises in any video recording
    • Consider alternative assignment if showing a video that does not have captions
    • Contact Sara Bea if any lectures/videos need to be transcribed



  • Extended Time
  • Design/Format
    • Consider the font and layout online; space out questions.
    • The Sara Bea office will communicate with you about any students that would require larger font
    • Some students use assistive technology that requires a digital copy of the exam. The Sara Bea office can work with you regarding these specific students.
  • Answering Questions during exams
    • Students with anxiety or other disabilities may struggle with not having access to a professor or TA during the exam to clarify questions. Consider using Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. to be available during exams. Consider having a space within the exam for students to write assumptions or questions that may help them receive partial credit for an answer that they did not understand.
  • Exam Integrity
    • If there are concerns about exam integrity related to the use of accommodations please let us know so we can address your concerns.


In general, check in with a student that you know receives accommodations to ensure they have access to all course materials. The Sara Bea office can provide more specific resources for an individual need.


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