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Resources for Faculty

A guide to teaching and learning resources in the library

Resources on Accessible Teaching

Scanning Tips

  • The KIC book scanners in the library have optical character recognition (OCR), which means they can scan text and make it readable. If you are scanning course material you can make your document more accessible by saving the file as a Searchable PDF. This will allow the text to be read by screen readers and make it easier for students to find content within the text.
  • If your document is difficult to see, use the settings to adjust the brightness and contrast to make it easier to read.

Accessible Library Resources

  • Not all library material is published in accessible formats, but if you can, try to find an electronic version of a text
  • Search the library resources using the General Search option and narrow your results by eBook or article using the limiters on the left side of the screen. Most of these resources will provide multiple format options of the text (audio, larger print, etc)
  • Once you find the resource you can use the permalink or download and embed it into your Moodle site (within Copyright guidelines). 
  • If you need help finding electronic versions, ask a library staff member for help It’s possible that the resource is only published in print, but we can try to find an alternate format for you.

Accessible Documents

You can make your documents more accessible by using the features found in most word processors: 

  • Use headings and subheadings sequentially (H1, H2, H3, etc.)
  • Use lists
  • Use meaningful hyperlinks
  • Add alternate text to images that convey information
  • Use tables wisely and include row and column headers.
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