Accommodation capability for Engage PDF eText Reader
There may be a limited means of providing accommodations for students with disabilities when an instructor is using Engage depending on what features of Engage the instructor has chosen to use.
If a course involves reading a text in a way that allows for both physical and eText textbook use, then accommodation is possible through print accommodations. However, if the instructor is using the annotation and collaboration/engagement/social within the PDF eText Reader and that is a requirement for course participation or the student who can't use these features is not able to equally and meaningfully participate with the class, then accommodation can be difficult or in some cases impossible.
Using Engage as a Web-based eText reader only
When Engage is only used as an eText reader, the methods for providing accommodations for students are the same as the methods used for converting traditional print textbooks and materials into accessible formats. Accommodations in this case is easier to provide and supportive of student needs in order to participate in the course equitably and meaningfully.
Students who use a keyboard only, use assistive technology or who have print-related disabilities (How to Become a Mcburney Client) may request an accessible copy of the eText that can be used with the keyboard only and other assistive technologies such as Kurzweil 3000 or JAWS by contacting the McBurney Center's Alternative Formats Service.
Students who have difficulty using the Engage platform and who request an accessible copy through the McBurney Disability Resource Center may end up doing their course readings entirely outside of the Engage platform.
Most commonly these students have Document Conversion approved as an accommodation on their McBurney Accommodation Plan. Therefore, they will not be included in usage statistics through Engage which may impact student monitoring for instructors. Please discuss with the student and the McBurney Disability Resource Center any other impacts of not using the Engage platform.
Faculty who use only a keyboard, use assistive technologies, or who have a print-related disability should contact the DoIT eText Team for an accessible copy of the eText.
Using Engage with Collaboration/Engagement Features
When faculty and/or students use the annotation and collaboration/engagement/social features of Engage, the methods for accommodating students may require substantial advance notice and may not always be possible. Changes to the course design may be necessary, such as the removal of the requirement for the student to participate using the social features in the course.
Students who use a keyboard only or other assistive technologies and who are enrolled in a course that uses Engage with the annotation and collaboration/engagement/social features, should contact the McBurney Center’s Alternative Formats Service as soon as possible to discuss a plan for accommodations and using Engage.
Faculty who plan to use the annotation and collaboration/engagement/social features in their courses should contact the DoIT E-text Team and the McBurney Center’s Alternative Formats Service as soon as possible to discuss a plan for accommodating students who use the keyboard only, use assistive technologies or who have print-related disabilities. Access Assistants may need to be hired or other plans put in place for the students to be able to read the questions/comments and for the students to respond or to post their own comments/questions back to the Engage platform.
Faculty who use only a keyboard, use assistive technologies, or who have a print-related disability should contact the DoIT E-text Team for more information.