Accessibility Support

How does OAI help faculty with course accessibility?

  1. First, OAI works with departments or programs that have a significant amount of required online or hybrid coursework to determine the status of their courses and assets. 
  2. After this has been determined, OAI instructional design staff and accessibility experts work with faculty leads to determine what needs to happen to convert the courses to full accessibility.  OAI staff do the bulk of the conversion work, but faculty also learn how to convert and create accessible materials, and learn about accessible course design practices. 
  3. As courses are converted, they are carefully tested by students who are native users of adaptive technologies like screenreaders. 
  4. At the project close, OAI helps the department or program develop a plan for making sure that any changes or revisions to the courses are done in a way that ensures accessibility. 

Captioning Services for Faculty

Portland State University now has our own Media Space platform that will provide captions and transcripts of Audio and Video media. It is important to note all media must be located on Media Space for this caption service to apply. To upload your media to Media Space and request captions, follow these steps: 

Authoring Course Materials

Begin the accessibility process when you begin authoring your course materials:

Platform Accessibility

We make every effort to provide an equitable learning environment to all students. Some software programs used in the online course environment have access barriers to learners. OAI in partnership with the instructor or department can seek to find solutions to these barriers proactively. 


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Helpful Resources:

    Sign up to get accessibility updates from OAI via EmailGet Accessibility Updates via Email


    Get information on accessibility for students from PSU's DRC website

    Accessibility Information for Students


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