Learning to make digital content accessible for all members of Rutgers and the public is a tedious, yet important task. To help with this, several departments have come together to input on the tools available to both faculty and staff in order to aid them in making their content more accessible.
Tools for all
SensusAccess is a self-service, alternate media solution for educational institutions. SensusAccess allows students, faculty, staff, and alumni to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audiobooks (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3, and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.
Available for: Blackboard
Ally focuses on making digital course content more accessible. Using inclusivity, sustainability, and automation as its key pillars, Ally helps you understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students. Some of its features include scanning course materials and providing alternative accessible formats and providing instructor feedback about their course accessibility.
Available for: Sakai, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, RU-Stream, MediaSpace
The Kaltura MediaSpace (KMS) is a cloud-based, YouTube alternative solution, providing image and video distribution to engage students and improve learning results. When a video is uploaded to MediaSpace via the standalone website or through Rutgers Canvas or Moodle, captions are generated using automatic speech recognition. Directions on how to view or edit these captions are available on Rutgers TLT.
Available for: Canvas
The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course content. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. This tool is maintained by Rutgers Teaching and Learning with Technology.
Training & information
The Divison for Continuing Studies (DoCS) supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses. DoCS’s Teaching & Learning with Technology office offers training workshops in Universal Design. Two of these sessions have been previously recorded, which you can watch at your own pace.
WebAIM hosts a variety of articles on various subjects such as understanding the perspective of users with disabilities, learning HTML accessibility, learning digital content accessibility, and more. These articles are written with beginners and laymen coders in mind.