What is Accessibility?

Accessible means something is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of their cognitive, physical or cultural situation. Accessibility can mean many different things to different people, as the students in these videos explain.

Watch more Students Explain Digital Accessibility


Why?


5 steps towards accessible content

Use these steps to start your journey in making your content accessible to everyone.

1

Links

  • Make link names meaningful
  • Don't paste in the full URL
2

Using Colour 

  • Avoid tricky color combinations
  • Give enough contrast between different elements
  • Use labels and patterns to convey information
3

Headings & Structure

  • Use heading styles in Word/Moodle
  • Don't manually format text
  • In PowerPoint, aim for the default layouts
4

Accessibility Checkers

Use Office 365 & Blackboard Ally to flag issues


How do I get started?

Workshops: Inclusive design for learning & communication

This online workshop raises awareness of students & staff accessibility issues, includes practical examples and simple guidelines to create accessible documents.

Monthly - see event page for details

Learn: Accessibility Essentials self-paced course

Work through this interactive set of resources and activities introducing digital accessibility (312 Accessibility Essentials), which is part of the wider CLT self-paced online courses on Moodle.

Videos: Office365 Accessibility Training

View these short clips on making PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook digitally accessible for all.


Accessibility Tools

Blackboard Ally in Moodle

Blackboard Ally integrates with Moodle. For staff, it highlights issues and guides you how to update your content. For students, Blackboard Ally can automatically converts course resources into a variety of formats.

Brickfield Accessibility Toolkit (coming soon)

Brickfield Accessibility toolkit brings a wide range of accessibility checks and autofix solutions to Moodle (read more)

Accessibility tools at Bath

This page gives an overview on the accessibility tools to support you and your students


Accessibility tips

Quick Tips: Running accessible online meetings

Read our quick tips on running accessible meetings to enhance your next call for everyone.

Quick Tips: Adjusting your mouse pointer

Easy instructions on making your mouse pointer more visible for students.

Quick Tips: Supporting Inclusive Teaching

Accessibility is more than alt text, subtitles and labelling students. Read these tips on inclusive teaching practices that benefit all leaners, as well as those with specific learning needs.


Our accessibility blogs and more

Blog: Using bookdown to generate accessible course materials

Read Dan Green's discussion with Dr Thomas Cottrell (Mathematics) about how Thomas switched from LaTeX to bookdown to write lecture notes and problem sheets.

Blog: Inclusion in Higher Education

CLT colleagues reflect on working with international colleagues on embedding inclusive learning and teaching approaches.

Video: Digital Accessibility and Education panel

Our panel of academic staff, support staff and students discuss the challenges and opportunities of inclusive education.

Blog: Does Being Off Camera (Still) Matter?

As we begin to navigate hybrid working, there has been a rise in the use of ‘cameras on’ policies in businesses and HE hyflex courses.  This blog discusses the challenges and opportunities for creating inclusive environments which centre around the issue of webcams and visibility.

Accessibility Escape Room Game

Play our interactive online escape room from Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022 to learn more about accessibility and put your skills to the test!

Contacts

  • For advice on implementing this guidance to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: tel@bath.ac.uk
  • For help with using and getting specialist IT equipment and software to help ​increase your productivity and improve your access to technology: see Assistive Technology page
  • For questions around the Digital Accessibility generally at the University of Bath, contact the Digital Accessibility Initiative: dai@bath.ac.uk