Faculty Toolbox


Faculty Resource Guide

A Desk Reference Guide For Faculty prepared by the Office for Students with Disabilities


Build an Accessible Syllabus

Enter your syllabus information in a template, and produce a fully accessible syllabus for online instruction.


Easy Test Maker

Build tests with various question types and produce a PDF that OSD can use to complete a Testing Request.

Accessible Course Materials

What to Know When Considering Materials

Selecting textbooks and online content is an important part of designing instruction. By reviewing the accessibility of materials before purchase, faculty are able to support equitable access and reduce the amount of adjustments that may need to be made to materials. There are some simple questions that you can ask of publishers to learn more about accessibility of their materials.

  • Are your books available in an accessible, electronic format for students with print disabilities? (Publishers should be able to tell you that they do provide books in accessible formats, such as PDF, HTML, or Daisy)
  • Can you please send me the 508 Compliance statement for the materials we are requesting? (This statement clearly outlines what is and what isn't accessible. Feel free to contact the OSD on your campus for assistance with reading this statement.)
  • Are all video materials in online support materials captioned or do they have a full transcript? If they have a full transcript, will you provide us with permissions to make the videos captioned using the transcript? (By using materials that are already captioned, you do not have to invest the time to manually caption materials.)
  • Are all online lessons compatible with a screen reader, such as JAWS? (If all students, including those with visual impairments, can access the online materials, you will not have to supplement your lessons with alternative assignments)

These are questions to ask as your selection process is starting. Please remember that the OSD is available to you as a resource as you move forward in the important task of selecting class materials.

Captioning Materials in YouTube

YouTube is a great resource for multi-media materials. However, please be sure that any videos you use in class or in an online course are correctly captioned. If you are using your own materials, you can use YouTube to assist with captioining. NOTE: Please do not use auto captions without editing content.

  • Set up an account. You can do this in Google or at Youtube.com.
  • Upload a short video into your account, so that you can edit the material.
  • Create a Transcript File
    • Listen to your video, and type what is said, using the formatting rules below.
    • Type the text of what was said in your video and save it as a plain text file (.txt). You can convertother formats (like Microsoft Word, HTML, PDF) into a plain text file or you can use native programs on your computer like TextEdit or Notepad.
    • In order to get the best results, use these formatting tips:
      • Use a blank line to force the start of a new caption.
      • Use square brackets to designate background sounds. For example, [music] or [laughter].
      • Add >> to identify speakers or change of speaker.
    • Transcribe and Set Timings
      • You can transcribe your video and automatically line up your text with the speech in the video.
      • A transcript contains the text of what is said in a video, but no time code information, so you need to set the timing to sync with your video.
      • Since the transcript text is automatically synchronized to your video, the transcript must be in a language supported by our speech recognition technology and in the same language that's spoken in the video. Transcripts are not recommended for videos that are over an hour long or have poor audio quality.
      • Choose the language for the subtitles or closed captions you want to create. You can use the search bar to find languages that don't automatically show in the list.
      • Select Create new subtitles or CC.
      • Underneath the video, click Transcribe and set timings.
      • Type all of the spoken audio in the text field. If you already have a script in word or .txt, you can copy and paste it.
      • If you're creating closed captions, make sure to incorporate sound cues like[music]or[applause]to identify background sounds.
      • Click Set timingsto sync your transcript with the video.
      • Setting the timings can take a few minutes. While you wait, you'll be brought back to the video tracklist.Once it'sready, your transcription will automatically be published on your video.
    • Editing Your Captions
      • Go to your Video Manager.
      • Next to the video you want to edit captions for, click Edit > Subtitles and CC.
      • Click on the caption track you want to edit.
      • Click inside any line in the caption track panel and edit the text.
      • Click Save changes.

Selecting Accessible Course Materials


Select textbook and/or electronic materials to be purchased


Contact publisher to request 508 Compliance Statement (VPAT)


Ask  these questions regarding accessibility


Review VPAT statement, publisher answers and contact OSD with any questions


Contact publisher to determine if noted accessibility errors can be fixed.