The California State University is committed to ensuring that all campus Information Resources and Technologies are fully accessible for persons with disabilities. This commitment reflects a goal to provide the most effective learning environment for all students--rather than simply to ensure compliance with various federal and state laws.
Instructional Materials (IM) are considered to be forms of communication and must therefore be delivered in a manner that is equally effective for persons with disabilities. Communication is considered to be equally effective when it is:
- Comparable in quality to those received by students without disabilities
- Comparable in timeliness of delivery and availability
- Provided in a manner and medium appropriate to the significance of the message and the abilities of the person receiving the material
Policies and Procedures For Accessible Instructional Materials
More information on accessibility for instructional materials can be found in the Stanislaus State Instructional Materials Policy.
In 2018, the ATI Steering Committee developed and approved an internal procedure for communicating information about ordering deadlines for textbooks and other instructional materials. The procedure features significant participation by the Provost as well as a plan for gathering metrics and reporting.
Examples of a Syllabus Disability Statement
Stanislaus State respects all forms of diversity. By university commitment and by law, students with disabilities are entitled to participate in academic activities and to be tested in a manner that accurately assesses their knowledge and skills. They also may qualify for reasonable accommodations that ensure equal access to lectures, labs, films, and other class-related activities. Please see the instructor if you need accommodations for a registered disability. Students can contact Disability Resource Services (DRS) for additional information. The DRS website is http://www.csustan.edu/DRS/. For assistance, call DRS at (209) 667-3159.
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My desire is to make this a truly welcoming instructional climate and an equal learning opportunity for everyone. Your success is important to me. To that end, if you have a need that I can address, please notify me immediately. I can be reached at [office phone] or [email address]. Alternatively, you may contact Disability Resource Services about any accommodations needs. DRS can be reached at (209) 667-3159.
Download the Accessible Syllabus Template.docx
OIT Learning Services
OIT Learning Services serves the instructional technology needs of faculty. Our staff provides ideas and technical assistance in the pursuit of systematic design, development, and the application of multimedia, computing, and traditional media into curriculum and teaching. Learning Services provides workshops and personal training through the offices at the Faculty Development Center (FDC). FDC has laptops for use at the center for workshops and training. Contact Bob (x3989) or Glenn (x6511).
OIT Instructional Design & Development
Instructional design encompasses both the theoretical arrangement of information in a course or unit and the practical production of learning materials to meet specified instructional goals and objectives. The Instructional Design & Development site is designed to explain the services that are available to Stanislaus State faculty as part of any course that uses instructional technology to deliver content. The Creating Accessible Materials page has information about designing and producing accessible content for instruction.
Blackboard Learning Management System
Blackboard is our web-based learning management platform that supports student and instructor interaction and collaboration through posting and sharing documents, providing external links to web resources, creating and submitting assignments and assessments, and offering threaded discussion boards and other communication tools. In collaboration with other units in OIT, Learning Services manages the Blackboard system and offers a range of faculty training, tutorials and best practices for using it.
A Few Goals of ATI for Instructional Materials
The CSU Instructional Materials website has a complete listing of goals for ATI. A few of the most important goals are
- Timely adoption of textbooks and other instructional materials by faculty
- Ensuring selection/ordering of textbooks and other instructional materials courses with late-hired faculty
- Use of the campus learning management system for posting all required curricular and instructional resources
- Incorporation of accessibility requirements for curricular review and approval
Instructional Materials Ordering Tool - FacultyEnlight
FacultyEnlight, available through our Stan State Bookstore, is a source for researching, adopting, and sharing insights about textbooks and course materials. You can create your account online. Although you may research and adopt without registering at their site, some of the benefits to registering are
- Accessing your adoption history for the past three years
- Seeing affiliation with multiple campuses
- Storing favorite materials and easy to access your Favorites list
- Leaving product reviews for the materials you have adopted
FacultyEnlight has a direct link from your Blackboard course, where you log in to FacultyEnlight through your Warrior/Bb account.
More information on using FacultyEnlight for selecting instructional materials can be found in this informative brochure.