3. Creating educational materials
Lecturers are strongly encouraged to use the Leganto reading list service, which is integrated with Brighspace – if they send their reading list with module code to firstname.lastname@example.org the library will do all the work resetting up the links and the students will be able to access them without difficulty. Within copyright limits, they will also scan non-electronic items if they are essential.
For MS Word and Powerpoint documents, use the Office 365 Accessibility checker.
For online material in Sulis, Moodle, or alternative online space, you can use the Web Accessibility Guidelines. You also may find it useful to use the WAVE Evaluation tool Chrome extension to evaluate the accessibility of your online environment. Alternatively, in Sulis, you can use the 'Check accessibility' feature in the Sulis rich text editor.
While it is not necessary to obtain consent from students to the recording of live lectures, it is important to make clear to students upfront that the lecture will be recorded and that any comments/contributions they make will be captured on the recording. In a workshop-type situation, or tutorial, where students are doing most of the speaking, asking questions or expressing reflections, it may not be appropriate to record at all (use the ‘pause recording’ function when discussions are taking place.). Certainly, where students are giving presentations, their explicit permission must be sought.
In a physical situation, usually, the capture system will only pick up the audio through a microphone, so students' voices are not usually recorded. The lecturer should repeat a question before answering it, so that it can be captured in the recording. However, in the face-to-face situation, there should also be consent given by anybody who is being recorded.