Technology & Learning Program

Accessible Course Materials

"To the extent possible, instructional materials, including online course materials must be available to students with disabilities at the same time it is available to any other student enrolled in a course." -- the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations (Executive Order 926)

Instructional Material Accessibility

CSU, Chico has made a commitment to implementing our values of access in the online course materials used by faculty. The syllabus, readings, Bb Learn course activities, and other electronic documents need to be in an accessible format to make your course accessible to all your potential students. Chico State offers a number of offices to help you meet your goals.

Ally and Blackboard Learn

Ally is a new service now available campus wide to search and alert you to materials in your course that can be improved. The gauges, visible to both you and your students, show the condition of an item, ways to remediate issues, and other available options for consuming the media.

The four different gauges Ally uses to display accessibility.

These gauges give a quick look at how accessible your item is currently 

Resolving any issues you find in your classes is the primary responsibility of the Office of Accessible Technologies and Services (OATS). You can begin resolving issues with your materials by submitting a ticket here:

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To read more about what Ally does, how to use it, and how it can benefit your course please read the official documentation.

Consult the Ally introduction(opens in new window)

How TLP Can Assist You

The Technology & Learning Program remains here to help you meet your accessibility goals along with all your other instructional and technology needs. You can always reach us via our contact information on the left or by requesting a consult with the link below.

Start Here:

Use our syllabus template


You may freely schedule a consultation with us to help you assess your content, instructional design, or pedagological approach. TLP and our partners in the Accessibility Resource Center and OATS work to keep informed about the latest methods for making courses as accessible as possible.

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Tutorials and Guides

Through our wiki we provide a number of step-by-step tutorials to create basic accessible documents in these formats among other tips:

  • DOC - Microsoft Word
  • PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • XLS - Microsoft Excel
  • PDF - Adobe Acrobat

Visit the TLP Accessibility Knowledge Base(opens in new window)

Scanning Printed Documents

Faculty provided content should be in a character-readable and editable format allowing assistive technology to read the material. TLP has scanners and optical character recognition (OCR) software to help convert content to an accessible format. The Technology and Learning Program lab has staff available to assist faculty with the use of these scanners and OCR software. For more information, call (530) 898-6167 or send TLP an email.

Visit our Walk-in Lab

The campus Office of Accessible Technology is also here as your primary resource for building out accessible content.

TLP Workshops

See if we are offering something for you soon. If there is not an offering coming up soon, then contact us about options or consultations.

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TLP's Course Accessibility Quick Checklist

When reviewing your course, consider these basic topics. 

  • Textbooks

    Those not available as e-books should be ordered at least six weeks before instruction begins through the Wildcat Bookstore. Remember that Chico State is committed to making accessible alternatives available at the same time as traditional materials.
  • Course Packs

    Course Packs should be:

    • Clean and original copies
    • Free of highlighting, handwriting, or other markup.
    • Based on high quality source documents. Contact your subject matter librarian if you need assistance.
  • Accessible Syllabus

    Follow our above guidelines on an accessible syllabus.
  • Audio/Visual Media

    Video and audio media must have captions or a transcript available for students who need one. All videos uploaded to Kaltura are captioned automatically. Please contact Office of Accessible Technology & Services(OATS) for questions regarding provisions for captioning.

These basic topics help ensure that classes are in compliance with both Executive Order 926 and the Accessible Technology Initiative.