To help make higher education available to as many students as possible, CUNY SPS supports course design that upholds the principles of accessibility and Universal Design in Learning (UDL).
See the links, quick guides, and video tutorials below for steps can you take to ensure that your Blackboard course site and the course materials you post there are accessible to all.
|Word||Creating Accessible Word Docs (PDF)
Checklist Word (PDF)
|VIDEO TUTORIALS Part 1 & Part 2|
|Excel||Creating Accessible Excel Docs (PDF)
Checklist Excel (PDF)
|PowerPoint||Creating Accessible PPT Docs (PDF)
Checklist PPT (PDF)
|Creating Accessible PDFs (PDF)|
|Blackboard||Accessibility in Blackboard (PDF)
Checklist for Course Sites (PDF)
|VIDEO TUTORIAL: BB Accessibility
VIDEO TUTORIAL: Adding Exceptions to Blackboard Tests
|Caption and Transcript Service||CUNY SPS faculty may request
captions for any video used in a course.
|Request Captions (SPS Faculty Only)|
|YouTube Videos||How to Caption Videos on YouTube (PDF)||VIDEO TUTORIAL|
- CUNY’s Accessibility Website (with links for faculty, students, and staff on the left)
- CUNY’s Accessibility in Distance Learning site
- Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students with Disabilities
Also, browse our Accessibility in Higher Ed series on the SPS Community Blog introducing the principles of Universal Design as they apply to teaching and learning.
(This site is continuous work in progress. Please check back for updates soon!)