What do we mean?
Accessible means something is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of their cognitive, physical or cultural situation.
We have a responsibility as educators, as humans and by law to make content digitally accessible.
5 steps towards accessible content
Use these steps to start your journey in making your content accessible to everyone.
1. Meaningful Links
Descriptive link text (e.g. "Programme Handbook (PDF)" vs "Download here") makes the purpose of each link clear and avoids confusion.
- Make link names meaningful and descriptive
- Don't paste in the full URL
2. Using Colour
It's common that not all users perceive colour as we intend (approximately 1 in 12 males, 1 in 200 females have some colour vision deficiency), so we need to make sure colour combinations are distinguishable and we don't only rely on colour to convey information
- In addition to colour, use other methods to convey information (e.g. labels and patterns)
- Avoid tricky color combinations
- Make sure there is enough contrast between different elements
Heading styles format text consistently and allow assistive technology users navigate your content.
- Always use heading styles in Word/Moodle
- Don't manually format text
- In PowerPoint, use the default layouts or check the reading order of added textboxes and images for slides
Use Office 365 & Blackboard Ally to automatically flag accessibility issues.
5. Learn about accessibility
Build on these first steps and engage with accessibility training opportunities to suit you: