Accessibility in Ecampus Courses

Ecampus strives to use a universal design (UDL) approach, creating all course materials in accessible format during development so that little or no retrofitting of content is needed when students with disabilities enroll in an Ecampus course. Using a UDL approach benefits many students, even beyond those with documented or undocumented disabilities. A recent Ecampus Research Unit study, for example, showed how and why many students use closed-captioning.

Students in Ecampus courses can receive assistance from OSU's Disability Access Services but must register with DAS each term. You can help students by sharing this link: Getting started with DAS.

Check your course

As you develop your Ecampus course, your instructional designer will help you ensure that your course materials are accessible. If you would like to check your own course’s accessibility, you can use the UDOIT accessibility check tool.

Accessibility tools in Canvas

Faculty can use ReadSpeaker TextAid in Canvas to improve the accessibility of their courses. ReadSpeaker is a tool that reads text on Canvas course pages aloud. The text is also highlighted, so you can follow along with the audio. ReadSpeaker is embedded in Canvas and is available to all Canvas users.

TextAid is a tool that allows users to have nearly any text highlighted and read aloud, including documents, websites, and text composed by a user. These tools make course content more accessible to learners with a variety of different reading and learning disabilities, and to those for whom English is a second language. They may also benefit all OSU Canvas users by enabling multiple learning modalities.

Quick reference accessibility guides

Ecampus has created the following quick reference guides to help you create accessible course content: