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)

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 

Get Help Making Materials Accessible

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.

The Technology and Learning Program and the Office of Accessible Technology & Services can help you meet your goals.

Get help from TLP to make your MS Word and PowerPoints accessible(opens in new window) 

Get help from OATS to make PDFs accessible(opens in new window)

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)

Walk through accessibility scenarios, and improve learning in your course (PDF) 

TLP's Course Accessibility Quick Checklist

When reviewing your course, consider these basic topics. 

Accessible Syllabus

Follow our guidelines on an accessible syllabus(opens in new window).


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 Documents and Materials

Other instructional materials such as Word, Acrobat PDF and PowerPoint documents should be accessible. Contact the Office of Accessible Technology & Services (OATS) for specifics.


Use Bb Learn in an accessible way. Watch the tutorial videos and view our online wiki material.

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.