Digital Instructional Resources

Section: 
Instruction
Policy Number: 
735
Effective: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Policy: 

Consistent with the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, RCW 28B.10.910-918, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges policy on Accessible Technology (30.20.30B), SPSCC will:

  1. Make all reasonable efforts to provide accessible digital instructional materials to all students consistent with the above laws and policies.
  2. Create and maintain a Digital Instructional Resources (DIR) committee to facilitate compliance with the above laws. The DIR committee will:
    1. Maintain lists of previously approved accessible Digital Instructional Resources provided by third party vendors;
    2. Develop a timely process for the submission and evaluation of Digital Instructional Resources including procedures for when materials are deemed not accessible;
    3. Advise faculty on the acquisition of materials; conversion of current materials to fully accessible formats; or the development of equally effective materials’ alternatives.

Before adopting Digital Instructional Resources not previously approved for a class or program, faculty will submit a request for review to the DIR committee, including any accessibility information from publishers and any known accessibility issues with the resource.

DEFINITIONS

Digital Instructional Resources refer to online textbooks, learning management systems, and other platforms or proprietary technologies faculty assign as primary required materials in courses. Individual documents (such as a Word document, PDF, or Canvas page) within an already approved platform are not necessary for institutional review, though they should also maintain compliance with accessibility law.

 

 

Purpose: 

To provide accessible digital instructional resources to students in compliance with federal and state law. Nothing in this policy should be read to discourage the academic freedom of faculty to select their own instructional resources so long as they meet standards of accessibility required by state and federal law.

 

To Whom Does This Policy Apply: 

SPSCC; All faculty