Perusall is committed to making our social learning platform accessible to as many students as possible.
Perusall's Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (version 2.4, updated December 23, 2020) provides detailed information on Perusall's support for accessibility standards.
Perusall has several features that can be leveraged to increase accessibility of reading materials and assignments to students:
- The ability for instructors to upload materials in PDF or EPUB format in addition to the textbooks available from publishers. Instructors can easily make alternate versions of materials available to students with particular needs. Instructor-uploaded materials are made available to students at no cost to the student.
- Students can have course materials read aloud to them from within Perusall without having to use specialized screen reader software.
- Resizable and responsive user interface components, and zooming or resizing to change text size within the reading materials.
- A "dark mode" with a darker user interface that is more readable in low light conditions.
In addition, users can enable a number of accessibility options in their own profile:
- Use Open Dyslexic Font for reading when possible: For reflowable books, Perusall can replace the default font with the Open Dyslexic Font for users with dyslexia.
- Increase color contrast for increased visibility: This option increases color contrast between foreground and background colors in a number of places in the user interface.
- Do not automatically hide alerts after a few seconds: By default, alerts that pop up in the upper right corner of the page will disappear after a few seconds. Users that want more time to review alerts can enable this option so that alerts will not close until the user clicks the close button or presses Escape.
- Disable built-in keyboard shortcuts: If Perusall's built-in keyboard shortcuts conflict with shortcuts that other applications on your computer use, this option can be used to disable Perusall's shortcuts.
- Hide video player controls while video is playing: By default, Perusall will show the video controls at the bottom of the screen during video playback, so users can see where in the video timeline comments have been left. However, if the video is produced with captions then the video playback bar may hide them. When this option is selected, the video player controls will hide when the video starts playing; moving the mouse or stopping the video will cause them to be shown again.
- Do not automatically hide the toolbar when reading a document to maximize screen real estate for reading: By default, as you scroll down in a document, Perusall will temporarily hide the toolbar so as much of the screen as possible is used to display the document text. If you use a screen reader or otherwise prefer that the toolbar always stay locked into place, you can enable this option so that the document toolbar is always visible.
Some additional considerations are important to ensure that text- and video-based materials are accessible; see the articles How do I use scanned documents in Perusall? and How do I use video in Perusall?.
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