Thursday 20th May 2021 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
See the resources below and take some time during the day
to listen, think, share, learn or do something to support digital access and inclusion
- We have a responsibility as educators, as humans and by law to create resources and teaching that don't disable people.
- Inclusive teaching practices will benefit all learners in your class, not just those with specific 'labels'.
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.
Workshop: Inclusive design for learning & communication
In this online workshop you will get a better awareness of accessibility issues faced by many students & staff. The session includes practical examples of working with inaccessible materials and simple guidelines to create accessible documents.
Thursday 20th May 11.00am - 12.30pm
Teams chat: Join the staff discussion!
Join staff across the University on the TEL Community of Practice as we listen, share, reflect and ask questions about Digital Accessibility throughout the day on Thursday 20th May 2021.
The biggest journey starts with a single step!
- 5-10 mins - learn how to check Word documents, create accessible Excel tables or another accessible MS Office feature with these short tutorials.
- 10-20 mins - edit the automatic captions for a short video you plan to reuse next year.
- 30 mins - review your Moodle course with Blackboard Ally and see where you can make impactful changes.
Quick Tips: Running accessible online meetings
Read our quick and easy tips on running accessible meetings to enhance your next call for everyone.
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.
Workshop Reflection: Inclusion in Higher Education
CLT colleagues reflect on working with international colleagues on embedding inclusive learning and teaching approaches.
Where can I learn more about Accessibility?
Digital Accessibility for Learning and Teaching
Learn more about digital accessibility for learning and teaching and also how Blackboard Ally can help you identify and improve the accessibility of your Moodle content.
Making Bath Digitally Accessible
Accessibility doesn't stop with learning and teaching activities, but all digital interactions. See the Making Bath Digitally Accessible page from the Digital Accessibility Initiative who are leading the effort to raise awareness , embed inclusive design and support accessibility here at Bath.
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.
Quick Tips: Accessibility Tools for All
See a list of accessibility tools at the University of Bath that can help your students and boost your productivity.
Resources and Events: Global Accessibility Awareness Day
The Global Accessibility Awareness Day homepage has resources, perspectives and events from around the world.
- For advice on implementing this guidance to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: email@example.com