What is it?

The Accessibility+ Toolkit is a tool to help staff to identify and fix accessibility issues in their Moodle based content. The new toolkit complements and runs alongside Ally to enhance the digital accessibility of all courses in Moodle.

Whilst Ally focuses on the accessibility of uploaded files; the Accessibility+ Toolkit looks at the accessibility of learning materials that have been authored with the Moodle text editor (such as Moodle books, pages, activity descriptions and the question bank).

How might I use it?

You will find the Accessibility+ Review block in the left pane of your Moodle course (it is only visible to Moodle Teachers and not Students). First, you need to schedule each course for analysis by clicking on 'submit for analysis'.

screenshoot toolkit block             brickfield block description

After completing the course analysis, the Accessibility+ Review block will display a summary of results, short accessibility guides (the page icon) and a link to the accessibility reports and wizards (graph icon).

Check the accessibility of Moodle content - Heatmap and reports

heatmap showing the green, amber red scores

The Accessibility+ Review block also includes a toggle button (eye icon) that will overlay the course with a heatmap. This colour codes Activities as "Passed" in green if there are no accessibility issues, or amber/red if there are accessibility issues. Students never see the heatmap and this overlay can be hidden/displayed by clicking the eye icon in the block Accessibility+ Review block.

Remember: the heatmap only checks content authored in directly in Moodle. If an inaccessible Word document has been uploaded to Moodle, but accessible description accompanies it, the heatmap will not flag any errors. You should use the Office365 Accessibility checker and Ally to identify accessibility issues with documents.

Note: the heatmap and the block are not visible to students. These are tools that are designed specifically for course owners to identify areas that might need accessibility enhancements.

Fix your course content using Bulk fix wizards

The built-in wizards allow staff to apply fixes quickly and efficiently as part of a batch process. As in the case of the block, guides are available to provide on the spot accessibility hints and tips.

screenshot of the Fix Link Text tab in the Accessibility+ Review toolkit

What are the pros & cons?

Pros

  • Reviews the accessibility for content authored inside of Moodle and find relevant guidance.
  • Batch fix content with accessibility issues.
  • Additional checking and accessibility features in the text editor as you create new content.

Cons

  • The current version of the Accessibility Toolkit+ does not check the accessibility of uploaded files.
  • The accessibility score in the heatmap does not take you to the errors.
  • The bulk fix wizards allow you to fix only 10 errors at a time.

Further reading

Further training and guidance

Themes

  • Support the Needs of all Learners
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity

Guidance

Accessibility+ Toolkit: Teacher Guide

Accessibility+ Toolkit: FAQs

Accessibility Tookit+ screencast [coming soon]

Digital Accessibility Hub

Copyright information

Bath Blend Baseline

UK Professional Skills Framework

Contacts

For advice on Accessibility Toolkit+ to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: tel@bath.ac.uk