It is important for educators to realize that their students have diverse abilities and learning styles. Students are the beneficiaries of what and how you communicate. Therefore, what and how you communicate needs to be inclusive and accessible to everyone and in accordance to the policies, standards, and guidelines approved by Queen’s University and meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Below are some categorized resources to assist educators.
Accessible Education and Course Design
- Accessible Instruction for Educators: Every educator who communicates and interacts with persons with disabilities on behalf of Queen's University must receive training on accessible instruction. At Queen's we consider educators to be all individuals who participate in the creation, development or delivery of materials, activities and assessments for learning to Queen’s students. We also consider Queen’s professional learning instructors and developers who work with and for staff, faculty, and other Queen's personnel to be educators.
- Accessible Campus - Resource for Educators
- Accessibility Hub - "How to" Guides
- Universal Instructional Design
- Introduction to Accessible Education - The Council of Ontario Universities
Accessibility Tip: " Select your course materials and textbooks months before classes start"
Some students with disabilities require their readings in an alternate format that can be provided by the Adaptive Technology Center. Providing course material in an alternate format is time-consuming and labour intensive. Advance planning ensures that students receive their course materials in time for class use.
With E-reserves, you can manage your resources on your own (and only rely on us for Copyright and Accessibility) or you can use our full service solution that includes meeting with library staff and having them help you add citations to the system. Scanning is also optional - you are free to scan things yourself or have the library do the work. E-reserves will also allow you to modify, delete and add materials throughout a term and will allow you to add material to both physical (print) or electronic reserve.
When you add your readings to Ares, library staff will check and ensure that the material meets basic accessibility standards. If these standards do not meet the needs of a student in your class, we will work with Library Services for Students with Disabilities to ensure that they do.
This service is now available for any faculty using the Moodle Learning Management System.
For more assistance contact: Mark Swartz by email or at 613-533-6000, x78510
Accessible Content E-Portal Pilot Project (ACE)
Accessible Content e-Portal (ACE) – a project aimed at enhancing the ability of university libraries in Ontario to provide barrier-free access to textual resources (books, documents, journals) for students and faculty with various kinds of reading disabilities. This project is run by the Ontario Council of University Librarians (OCUL).
Alternate Education Resources Ontario (AERO)
Alternative Education Resources Ontario (AERO) – a project created to provide alternate format text to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly assisted educational institutions in Ontario. This project is run by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Information on Alternate Formats
- What are Alternate Formats?
- Adaptive Technology Centre
- Accessibility criteria for course materials at Queen's (Queen's Library)
- Accessibility Hub - How-tos: Website Accessibility, Video Accessibility, and Social Media Accessibility
- The Web Standards and Accessibility Development Guide
- Queen's ITS Web Accessibility Workshop (on Moodle)
- Queen's ITS: Video Captioning
- Queen's ITS Web Content Accessibility Review