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For Faculty and Staff

Do I still have to accommodate my students?

  • Yes! Students are still entitled to all of the same accommodations they have for in-person courses, as applicable to the online format.

Helpful Tips

  • Utilize your DRC Online instructor access page. Instructions for logging in can be found Here.
  • Please be mindful, when scheduling due dates and deadlines, to consider how an online format could impact students with a variety of disabilities. Please allow time for students to demonstrate their knowledge. Reading and time management could present major barriers for students with disabilities when moving to online formats.

How do I make my online course accessible?

  • When posting and/or using PowerPoints for online classes, please use THIS POWERPOINT to guide your transition.
  • Make sure your assessments are accessible. See additional information below for online assessments.
  • All files loaded to Canvas need to be in accessible formats (PDF or PDF-A). If you are not sure if your file is accessible, please check for accessibility first. Colorado State University has a comprehensive online resource for how to check your materials for accessibility you may also consult with DRCTechnology@unco.edu
  • Microsoft Teams has a feature which auto-captions remote group meetings. Please see UNC’s FAQ page for more information on Teams: 
  • If you are requesting a video and/or recorded lecture to be captioned, please see our steps HERE or reach out to DRCTechnology@unco.edu.
  • If you need an American Sign Language interpreter or transcription services for live class sessions held via video conference platform,  please submit a request HERE.
  • For more DRC information and FAQ’s, please see our Faculty FAQ page

Assessments:

  • As of 3/16/2020, no in-person testing will occur at the DRC. Students are continuing to schedule their exams through DRC Online, alerting the instructors of the course the specific accommodations that are needed for the test. 
  • Giving Extra Time
  •  The quiz question types available in Canvas are mostly accessible to assistive technology. Some exceptions include:
    • Drag & drop: This feature is completely inaccessible and should be avoided
    • Dropdown choices are not recommended unless the list of options is very long
    • Text questions: The text editor toolbar is not reachable by keyboard or a screen reader
  •  Students may find barriers to online assessments. If you or your student has concerns, please contact the DRC so that we can work together to determine potential, appropriate alternative assessments. Some of these barriers may include:
    • Exams requiring paper
    • Braille or alternate format printed exams
    • Scribe/reader for exams
    • Identifying assistive technology to use on personal computer
    • Other exam accommodations which may limit access online
  • If a student reports that they are unable to take a quiz or exam using their assistive technology, you can contact DRC for help and guidance.

Assistance from DRC Staff:

  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to call the office phone number if they would like to speak at a staff member regarding accessibility and/or concerns. Our administrative assistant will schedule a phone or video appointment with a staff member. The staff member will send you a Microsoft Teams invite to join the appointment.
    • Please call 970-351-2289 to schedule an appointment.
    • You may reach us between the hours of 9am-4pm Mon-Fri during this time.

We look forward to working with you!