Faculty FAQ- Accessible Course Materials

What is “Alternate Format for Textbooks or Course Materials”?

How do students use Alternate Format Textbooks and Course Materials?

What are ways you can help?

 

What is “Alternate Format for Textbooks or Course Materials”?

When the student is approved for Alternate Format Text, then all class materials (required textbooks and handouts, reading materials, syllabus, exams, etc.) are provided in a format that allows him/her the ability to "read" or "access" the material. Alternate format materials come in many forms including but not limited to: adobe, word, audio file and/or in braille. The student can listen, hear, or use braille to "read" the text material.

Our office works directly with students approved for this accommodation to obtain their books, and course materials in the appropriate accessible format. This process can take over 2 months depending on the type of materials the student needs. To help us with this process, we strongly encourage professors to post their course booklist at least 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

We strongly encourage all professors to consider accessibility when creating their course materials (i.e PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.). To learn more visit accessibility.rutgers.edu.

 

How do students use Alternate Format Textbooks and Course Materials?

Students use an array of tools and devices to read and access alternate format materials. One example includes text to speech readers such as, JAWS, Kurzweil, NVDA, and Voice Over. When formatted correctly, this allows a student to hear what is written. For more information on alternate format and assistive technology please visit our  assistive technology webpage.

 

What are ways you can help?

The process of obtaining alternate format materials can take over 2 months depending on the type of materials. To help us with this process, we strongly encourage professors to post their course booklist at least 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

We strongly encourage all professors to consider accessibility when creating course materials (i.e PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.). To learn more about what you can do visit accessibility.rutgers.edu.