Captioning Services: Accessibility Best Practices for Faculty, TA's, and Staff

Accessibility Practices 

  • For professors, the steps for facilitating access in your course
    • Step 1: use the accessibility syllabus statement
    • Step 2: promptly respond to accommodation requests
      • Letting the student and AMS know how you will be using media in your class
      • Note: Sending us a list of links of videos you would like to use and the approximated date you’ll be using them is highly recommended.
      • Uploading all your content to MediaSpace and adding all of that content into a uniquely named channel is preferred as well.
    • Step 3: respect the student’s right to confidentiality
      • Don’t identify students as students with disabilities in front of the class.
    • Step 4: consult with us when you have questions/concerns about a request
      • If you have a question about videos/closed captioning please contact AMS, if you have any questions about live captioning or interpreting please contact Tina Cowsert.
    • Step 5: provide accessible course materials
      • Use the videos and captions that AMS has provided for you.
  • Faculty best practices
    • Face the student as often as possible when speaking (don’t talk as you write on the blackboard)
    • Avoid standing with your back to a window or other light source
    • Avoid blocking areas of your mouth with hand or objects
    • Repeat questions or comments made by other people in the room
    • If you need/want to wear a face mask, use a lapel microphone for recording as it will record the best sound.
    • Always bring an extra set of batteries for the wireless microphone.
  • Online etiquette
    • Mute yourself until you're talking
    • State your name each time you start speaking
    • Turn cameras off until speaking/in breakout rooms
    • Raise hands or put question in chat
    • If possible, have lighting in front of you
    • Use microphones and headphones for better audio
    • As a professor/speaker, always repeat the question from chat or from the classroom