FCC is committed to ensuring access to all courses and course-related materials in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and amendments that covers technology, online training, and websites.
By the start of the fall 2020 semester, all courses with an online delivery component, meaning a space within Blackboard, will be compliant with current laws. Meeting these standards benefits students with disabilities, and helps all students to access and use the content in online courses. FCC will use the standards set forth in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to achieve ADA compliance. UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals ‐ all learning styles and all ability levels ‐ equal opportunities to learn.
Closed Captions and Transcripts: Course videos must have time‐synced closed captions to be ADA compliant. This includes any video recording used in the course from the recording of a synchronous session to professional recordings of content. Closed captioning provides a critical link to individual who are deaf or hearing impaired. For individuals whose native language is not English, captions improve comprehension and fluency. Having the option of using closed captions also helps people who may not have audio available to them on their device or who are in a setting that is noise restrictive. Transcripts for all videos, while not required, are encouraged. Additionally, transcripts for videos do not replace the need for time synced closed captions.
Note: For audio‐only files, a transcript is required, and it is recommended that they be provided in PDF format for ease of use.
Accuracy of captions/transcripts should be ensured, as this pertains to compliance with the above noted federal guidelines.
FCC Endorses 3 methods for generating closed captions/ transcript development:
- YouTube (for video captioning and hosting after recording in Bb Collaborate): To address video accessibility requirements
- Microsoft Stream (for video captioning and hosting after recording in Bb Collaborate– Use only for synchronous recordings that do not have student images or identifiable voices)
- ZOOM (for video captioning and hosting after recording in ZOOM cloud recording)
Prior to recording a synchronous session we ask that faculty read the FERPA guidelines to all students. If you are recording using ZOOM, the FERPA statement will appear in a window that must be acknowledged by all students before proceeding.
The FCC FERPA statement reads as follows: All student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Portions of this course may be audio-visually recorded so students who cannot attend a particular session or who wish to review material can access the full content. Students who participate orally, visually, or via chat agree to be recorded. The content of this recording may not be shared with anyone who is not registered in this class without written permission, as it is an educational record.
Posting Recorded Videos of Synchronous Sessions and FERPA Compliance
The simple rule of thumb is that videos links can only be accessible to the students actively enrolled in the class if they contain identifiable student video image and audio capture or name in chat. The following are the methods available to you to make a video link only accessible to students in your class:
- Complete the recording and closed captioning in ZOOM. The link you post is password protected and is only available only to those with the link/ password.
- Complete the recording in Blackboard Collaborate and close caption in YouTube to create and “unlisted” link. The link is only available to those with the link.
- Complete the recording in Blackboard Collaborate and close caption in Microsoft Stream but you must set permissions so that only the active class roster can access via the link. If your class roster changes due to adds/drops, you must reset these permissions.
Ally: The Ally tool is part of all Blackboard courses. The tool icon next to documents in your courses provides alternative formats for your students to access depending on their preferred learning style.
FCC’s Web Accessibility Guide provides additional information and resources.
Additional resources related to accessibility, Universal Design practices, and technology standards:
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at FCC assists and supports eligible students with disabilities. Please contact SSD in advance if you have questions regarding how to best accommodate students with disabilities while ensuring continuity of teaching and learning.
Accommodation Plans will be sent via email by students or the SSD office. Additional instructions pertaining to Deaf students utilizing Interpreting Services will be emailed as student enrollment is known to the SSD office. A comprehensive faculty guide related to ZOOM use is available for SR and HYR classes in which Deaf students are enrolled (insert link to Zoom Guide created by Interpreting Services here).
To promote access, ensure course materials and accessible videos are available to students as long as is possible based on the platform being used. Establishing this availability timeframe and notifying all students of this is strongly encouraged.