Technology & Information Accessibility

Towson University is developing both objective accessibility standards for its public website and a better perspective on the applied needs of audiences who use technology adaptations when interacting with website content.

Online Course Accessibility

Online course materials, whether word documents, PDFs or multi-media, can be made accessible in a variety of ways.

It is preferable when possible to provide course materials as word documents as opposed to PDFs. If a PDF is necessary, please follow the directions below on making PDF documents accessible.

Microsoft Office offers video guides on making your content accessible for Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Microsoft guide links:

 

The Office of Technology Services has developed several guides and a checklists for ensuring your documents are accessible.

OTS Accessibility resource links:

 

Multi-Media Accessibility

  1. Information presented in a video format should be captioned: If you have a student who uses media or real-time captioning, or who uses a sign language interpreter, this is critical
  2. Information presented in an audio-only format should be accompanied by a transcript: If you have a student who uses media or real-time captioning, or who uses a sign language interpreter, this is critical
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Please note, if you have questions about course accessibility you should contact us at .

Textbooks

The Towson University Bookstore has recently adopted the Direct Access and Affordable Course Materials Initiative.  This program provides accessible interactive course materials at reduced costs.  This program uses RedShelf's eReader. For more information about the accessibility features of program, check out Redshelf's eReader Accessibility Information.

Technology Accessibility Training for Towson Faculty, Staff and Students

For technology accessibility training information, dates and times, please see the OTS workshop calendar.

Towson University Public Website Accessibility

TU’s home page and website page templates are built to Section 508 web accessibility standards. The Office of Technology Services (OTS) uses PowerMapper site accessibility reporting software to identify and help repair section 508 issues on the university’s 5,600+ content pages.

Top-level and business-critical legacy videos on our public website are either captioned or include a link to a transcript. Campus video production departments are captioning all new top-level video projects.

Towson University provides training to assist TU public website contributors in understanding accessibility standards and how to achieve them when posting content. Public-facing content on the TU website is regularly audited to ensure compliance with section 508 guidelines and remediate any issues.

Towson University website visitors who are having trouble using an adaptive technology with our site are asked to send an email with the page’s web address and a description of the problem to .