The faculty of the Program in Special Education (PSE) are converting many of our previously live delivery courses into online delivery to increase student enrollment in our courses. The purpose of EDEX 712, Instruction of Students with Intellectual Disabilities, is to enhance the skills of teachers who work with this population of students. The purpose of this proposal is to convert EDEX 712 from a live delivery course to an online course.
Can you please add a statement in the Provisions for Course Content Interactions section a statement about ADA/accessibility of course content? I realize you might have not been asked to provide this in the past, but the university and faculty committees are paying much more attention to making courses accessible to students with disabilities. You can simply add to the Provisions for Course Content Interactions section (not in the syllabus) a statement regarding accessibility of course material. Here are a couple of model statements you can modify or use verbatim:
Statement 1 The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (or department/college ID staff) to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features. The course syllabus includes an accessibility statement that encourages students with disabilities to register with the Office of Student Disability services; should a student with a registered disability enroll in the course, the professor will work with the Office to make any additional accommodations appropriate to that student’s needs.
Statement 2 All documents including syllabus and description of assignments will be provided in both accessible Word and PDF formats. For instance, documents will have proper headings, alternative text, and properly labeled links where necessary. Likewise PowerPoint slides will be made accessible by providing alternative text where necessary, ordering textboxes and other recommended ways of making PPTs accessible. Prerecorded lectures (if a part of the course) will be accompanied with transcripts in accessible Word and PDF formats.
In the syllabus, please provide a statement regarding technology requirements. You may modify, as appropriate, the following: "Minimal technical skills are needed in this online course. All work in this course must be completed and submitted online. Therefore, students MUST have consistent and reliable access to a computer and the Internet. Before starting this course, students must feel comfortable doing the following. The minimal technical skills students should have include the ability to:
• organize and save electronic files • use email and attached files • check email and Blackboard daily • download and upload documents If you have problems with your computer, please contact University Technology Support (UTS) Help Desk at 803.777.1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The UTS Help Desk is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM."
Please call me at (o) 803-777-0460 or (c) 803-237-8618 or email me at email@example.com if you wish to discuss.
Steve Adams, Ph.D.Distributed Learning Support ServicesUniversity of South Carolina
If you can do this promptly, we can still consider it at our May 8 meeting and it will go to the Graduate Council on May 15. Let me know if you have any questions. Drue...firstname.lastname@example.org