With Ball State’s long-standing tradition of being a “disability-friendly” institution, it is imperative that we be proactive in providing an accessible learning environment for all students.

Below are resources for online accessibility, including Mediasite presentations recorded to provide more information. Please contact our office if you have questions about whether or not your digital content is accessible to all students. Disability Services can refer to the appropriate office on campus to assist you with accessibility issues.


Learning Management Systems (LMS), such as Canvas, are being used in more Ball State courses than ever before.

Please consider whether the material you add to Canvas is accessible to all students. If you record lectures or have video content, check to see if captions are included. Please purchase captioned materials whenever possible. If you use a digital textbook, check with the vendor to make sure that it is screen reader compatible.

If a student needs extended time for an exam, follow the instructions below:

  1. Login to the Canvas course page
  2. Select Quizzes from the left panel.
  3. Select the quiz to be edited
  4. In the upper-right corner, click “Moderate This Quiz.”
  5. Locate the student to be given additional time and then select the “Pencil/Edit” button near the student name.
  6. Enter the number of minutes of additional time in the box for extra time
  7. Click the save button. 

For assistance, please contact the Division of Online & Strategic Learning.

Additionally, a good practice would be to make sure any announcements posted to Canvas are also emailed to students.

You may also provide these announcements out loud in class if used in an on-campus course.

If you plan to use Mediasite to create presentations for a class or lecture, you will need to make sure that the presentation is accessible to all of your students, including following captioning guidelines.

If you need assistance, contact Jeff Bowers in University Media Services.

More Resources

As a university committed to diversity and inclusion, we want our websites, publications, PowerPoints, and other communications to be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities and non-native English speakers.


It’s the Law

Ball State has two policies that include people with disabilities:

Just as important, the following acts provide standards for federal agencies and organizations that receive federal funds:

Additionally, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination under "any program of activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Disability Services

For more resources, including university policies and events or assistance with accommodations, visit our Disability Services website.

International Audiences

For help with accommodations for international and multilingual audiences, visit our Rinker Center for Global Affairs website.

Information Technology

Digital Accessibility Services

Explore our list of accessible technology services and contacts for assistance with any related issues. Perfect for students and employees seeking tools or services related to accessing technology.

General Information Technology Policies

University policies on acquiring and using technology for university computers, including accessibility requirements should be followed by all employees. This applies regardless of how the software, hardware, or service is obtained, such as through purchase orders, credit cards, requests for proposals, or free downloads from the Internet.

Online Knowledge Base

The University of Washington offers hundreds of case studies and articles about accessibility to technology, education, and careers through its Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Knowledge Base.