Learning Remotely & Accessibility

Accessibility in BlackBoard

Make sure Extended Time Accommodations in BlackBoard are in place.

Instruction via Video Conferencing Accessible Discussion Facilitation

Here are some tips for conducting accessible discussion or instruction in Zoom meeting with classes that may include students who receive varying accommodations:

Students using CART services provided by Disability & Access Services are advised to do the following while accessing instruction in Zoom Meeting:

In order to ensure seamless remote CART access (Live Captioning for Deaf students), our primary captioning vendor recommends downloading the 1Fusion app https://www.1capapp.com/support.php.

This application, called 1Fuzion (demo), allows the viewer to see the Live Captions within the frame of an open Zoom meeting where instruction is occurring. Once installed, you will receive an Event ID from DAS from our captioning vendor in order to view the captioned speech within the overlay.

Have participants wait to be acknowledged by the session facilitator and identify themselves by name before speaking.
The chat feature makes an effective space to type technical terms, resource sites or proper names that are significant to the course. Keep an eye out for direct communications to you in the chat feature. A student may need ask a clarifying question to make you aware of accessibility concerns that may be quickly and easily corrected.
If you have a Blind or Visually Impaired Student in your online classroom, please take the following into consideration:

Read aloud or provide a description of any visual information that you have in presentation media (e.g. PowerPoint, video, streamed images etc..)

If you are going to do a podcast or video instead of lecturing with only the Professor lecturing, a visually impaired student will be able to follow along. If you are going to show a video during your Zoom class and it has additional visually displayed information, please contact us at access@bu.edu as soon as possible so that we can work on getting it Audio Described.

If your class has a discussion group that is online in BlackBoard, and you are only going to use the discussion board by typing with no audio, make sure that the student can join the chat with the screen reader that they have and follow the discussion.

Zoom Tips for Working with Communication Access Providers in Your Classes: 

If you are using a synchronous model hosting live classes via Zoom, please keep the following in mind when working with a Deaf or hard of hearing student and providers

  1. The providers will need the Zoom link to your class, please email that to dhhods@bu.edu. 
  2. If you are communicating with students and providers via email, can you please include dhhods@bu.edu so I can ensure the student and providers have the support they need for this continued learning format. 
  3. The providers need to be listed as a student in your Blackboard. We will give you the names and email addresses of providers that need to be added. If you are using other platforms, please share the information with the providers/DAS.  
  4. If you are assigning people to a breakout group in Zoom, make sure that the providers are in the room assigned to the right room to provide access.
  5. Encourage speakers to identify themselves by name before speaking & establish turn-taking and participation protocol (e.g. using raise the hand feature, chat box, etc.)
  6. Use the chat feature as an instructional “whiteboard” to share technical terms or proper names that are significant to the course.
  7. Have participants wait to be acknowledged by the session facilitator before speaking.
  8. As a facilitator, keep an eye out for direct communications to you via the chat feature of a student need to make you aware of in adequate access to the course for any reason.
  9. Note takers can continue to provide access as they have all along and/or they can email notes after the fact. Yoi don’t need to do anything on your end. 

If you are using an asynchronous model or are going to post videos outside of your standard lecture, please make sure you are providing access. Each video will need to be accessible (e.g., captioned, transcribed, etc.).  Keep in mind that auto-generated captions are not considered equitable access. Please reach out to Disability & Access Services well in advance so that we can work to provide this access.