Faculty & Staff Support

The AccessMU staff strive to keep all Miami University faculty and staff informed of accessibility issues and how it affects you.  We hope you will take advantage of the various Miami resources available.

In addition, the Office of the Provost provides a Faculty Guide for Students with Disabilities.  This guide is to help faculty and academic advisors enable students with disabilities to find their place at Miami, engage with the community, and succeed and reach academic and personal success.

Course Design

Your documents should be accessible so that all students can access the course information and content. If you have a document that you are not sure is accessible, please visit our Document Accessibility Resources.  If you have any questions or would like training, contact the AccessMU Center at 513-529-0200 or AccessMU@MiamiOH.edu.

Roles & Responsibilities

Do you understand your role and how your job is affected by accessibility? Incorporating accessibility into your work will help make a better environment for all users. To learn more, see Roles & Responsibilities.

Syllabus

The design of your syllabus can influence accessibility. A few changes could mean the difference between comprehension and confusion. The Office of the Provost provides tips for designing your syllabus to be accessible, key components to include when writing your syllabus, and tips for motivating students to read your syllabus.

Purchasing

If you purchase or influence the selection of software or applications, check out Miami's purchasing guidelines and do your part to make Miami an accessible campus!

Canvas

Visit our Canvas training page to learn how you can create accessible Canvas courses for your students. Topics include Canvas User Guidelines, the Accessibility Checker in Canvas (UDOIT), How to Create Accessible Content in Canvas, Create Accessible Files & Documents in Canvas, and Create Accessible Video Content in Canvas.

Digital Files, Websites & Applications

If you follow the general rules for Digital Files, Websites, and Applications you will accomplish about 80% of creating accessible content!  The general rules are Alternative Text, Color Contrast, Fonts, Proper Form Fields, Headings, Descriptive Text for Links, Formatted Lists, and Table Headings.

Captioning

Captioning can be useful for not only those with disabilities but also those who speak English as a second language, non-traditional students, and others. Videos, audio lectures, or other A/V media in your course or on the web should be captioned; podcasts should have text transcripts. Please note, if captions are not needed for accommodation for a registered student, your department will be responsible for the cost of captioning. For more information please visit Captioning.