Faculty Four of Accessible Development

Many of the requirements set forth in federal law are addressed through KSU's website content management system, the academic learning management system, and other back end technology applications. However, there are some aspects of accessibility that will always be the faculty developer's responsibility. In order to address these items in the course design process, the Digital Learning Innovations team would like developers to focus on the Faculty Four of Accessible Development. Faculty reviewing or evaluating previously developed courses, should concentrate on improving accessibility by zeroing in on the Faculty Four of Accessible Development. To help with the evaluation process, use our Course Accessibility Checklist

  • Alternative text is read by screen readers in place of a picture or another type of image. This text is displayed if the image doesn't load in the browser. It also provides meaning to search engines. 

    Creating Alternative Text

  • Captions are simply text versions of the speech presented within multimedia. The 508 standard calls for these captions to be synchronized with the presentation. Additionally, audio recordings (podcasts) should always be accompanied by a detailed transcript.

    Captioning Multimedia & Creating Transcripts for Audio

  • Accessible documents, including, but not limited to, HTML documents, PDF files, Microsoft Word documents, and Microsoft Power Point presentations, must be screen-reader friendly. These documents should have a structured reading order, or a semantic structure. Faculty creating these documents should also be aware of preferred text styles, list styles, descriptive links, and table formatting. 

    Creating Accessible Documents

  • KSU faculty must be aware of software's accessibility status before requiring the use of it in class. Kennesaw State University and the USG (University System of Georgia) make every effort to purchase learning management systems and content management systems that meet accessibility standards. However, tools used outside of these systems (or in addition to these systems) should always be reviewed before they are included as required elements of a course. 

    Choosing Accessible Resources