From eLearning

The number of students with disabilities who are taking online courses is quickly growing. Given this nationwide trend, you may be asked to ensure that your online course content is accessible. This may mean adding alt tags to your graphics, adding captions to your videos, making your PowerPoint presentations accessible, or administering extra time on tests for students who require this as an accommodation. For some, this may not be an immediate issue, but for those who receive pink accommodation sheets from the ODS, necessary adjustments do need to be implemented immediately.


We know these accommodations require extra time, effort and technical knowledge and we are here to help. While we cannot implement every accommodation for every student in every course for you, we can give you the tools and knowledge and assistance you may require to implement these online accommodations.

For assistance in implementing an accommodation, please contact the CITE lab at x2081 or send and email to Jacob Janson

Below are some helpful links and resources to assist you with not only implementing accommodations, but in thinking about how to make your course content accessible in the first place. These resources and tips are helpful for faculty teaching online and face-to-face!

Universal Design

UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is the process of making course concepts educationally accessible and skill attainable regardless of learning style, physical or sensory abilities.

Universal Design is not just for online courses, it can enhance your face-to-face courses by using the many of the same theories.

  1. Learn more about universal design and access a variety of resources, tutorials and examples.
  2. View a presentation on Universal Design for Learning (46 min)
  3. Read an excellent article by BCC's own Cindy Poore-Pariseau on Online Learning: Designing for All Users

CANNECT also has a very comprehensive guide to developing accessible content online.

Extended Test Time

To provide a student with additional time on an eLearning assessment you will need to:

  1. Create two teams - one for the person needing extra time, one for the remainder of the class
  2. Go into the original assessment, under the assessment settings (advanced)/Access set the View Restrictions area to the Team list for the entire class
  3. In the duplicate assessment, set the View Restrictions to the extra time team.
  4. Adjust the assessment time as required.

For help with this process please contact the CITE lab.

Visual Impairment

Visually Impaired does not just mean a student is blind. A student could be blind, have low vision, or be color blind.

Students who have visual impairments may use programs called screen readers to surf the internet, write emails, or use the computer for other general purposes. These programs read the text on the screen and even some code in the background to let the user know where the mouse cursor is on the screen or what the content of a web page may say.

This article provides a good overview of how blind people see the internet

D Link

When providing a video or data in a visual method to your students it may be difficult for students with visual impairments to grasp certain concepts. You can use what is called a D Link which is used to provide a description or transcript of the material. A D link is literal as it sounds, the letter D that is a hyperlink to a page with more information.

To create a D Link in eLearning follow these steps:

  1. Create a PDF document of the transcript or description
  2. Embed a video or image
  3. next to the content type a capital D
  4. Highlight the D and select the "Insert Content Link" option on the text tool bar. This icon looks like a folder with a chain link in front of it
  5. Click the 'browse' button and find the appropriate PDF and press open
  6. If your selected document name is in the "Upload a File" text box press Upload File if not, repeat step 5
  7. Click the document from the list above the upload a file prompt
  8. Save the edited page

Captioning with YouTube

Youtube has had a captioning feature since November 2009, this feature can be automated on Youtube but it has a low rate of accuracy. If you provide a transcript of the video the transcript will be automatically synced with the video. Check here for more information about captioning.

Demo video from Google, Youtube: Automatic Captions in YouTube Demo

Most YouTube videos have closed captioning available. At the bottom of each video you will see a little button that says "cc." Clicking on it should launch the closed captioning feature.

In addition to closed captioning there are some keyboard shortcuts that also help with accessing YouTube videos:

Tracking through the video in increments of 10

Pause the video and press 1 to skip to 10%, 2 for 20%, and 3 for 30% ect. This works on embedded players too!

Controlling Youtube player functions with the keyboard

The following keys will control the player on Youtube or in an embedded video

Key Function
Spacebar = Play or Pause a video
Left Arrow = Rewind
Right Arrow = Fast forward
Up Arrow = Increase Volume
Down Arrow = Decrease Volume
F key = Full screen view
Esc key = Exit full screen view