All schools at Johns Hopkins University must take reasonable and meaningful action to ensure that newly authored content as of January 1, 2021 consistently meets industry accessibility standards, specifically Web Content Accessiblity Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. WCAG 2.1 covers a wide range of recommendations for making content more accessible to a wider range of people. These standards ensure that students with disabilities gain equal access to all content at JHU and will also improve teaching and learning for everyone by providing alternate and complementary versions of content. For a useful, easily digestible starting point, please visit this WCAG checklist.
At Peabody, we believe that accessibility is critical for all learners, and we have been continuously implementing solutions and content to address these needs. We have fully implemented the AEFIS syllabus platform utilized by JHU, which is natively WCAG compliant; we have adopted Panopto, which offers built-in machine captioning for all videos; we have adopted Zoom, which offers built-in captioning of recordings, and will soon integrate automated captioning of live events; we have encouraged the use of eReserves in your courses through the Arthur Friedheim Library; and we utilize Ally, a tool for assessing content accessibility and providing alternate versions of content automatically within the Canvas learning management system.
At a minimum, faculty need to:
Training will be provided throughout the academic year to ensure faculty and other content creators are up to date on these expectations. Visit the Faculty Workshops page to see more.