Thursday 19th May 2022 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: Facilitating Cognitive Access to our Teaching Materials
Thursday 19th May 11:15 - 12:00pm (in person)
This workshop covers a range of practical teaching strategies to improve cognitive access to your learning materials. There will be opportunity to share strategies with colleagues and apply the approaches to your own teaching.
Panel Discussion: Digital Accessibility and Education
Thursday 19th May 1:15 - 2:00pm (online)
Join our panel of academic staff, support staff and students discussing the challenges and opportunities of inclusive education.
Watch the Digital Accessibility and Education panel discussion
Workshop: Inclusive design for learning & communication
Monday 23rd May 11.00am - 12.30pm
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.
Accessibility essentials self-paced course for staff
Do you want to learn about accessibility, useful tips and test your understanding with activities and a quiz? First enrol and then take part our online Introduction to Accessibility short course (~1 hour).
Accessibility Escape Room Game
Play our interactive online escape room to learn more about accessibility and put your skills to the test!
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 19th May 2022.
The biggest journey starts with a single step! Join others around the University and sign-up to our Accessibility Pledge 2022.
We've got a list of ideas to help your out: from small actions today to longer term accessibility and inclusion goals.
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.
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: Running accessible online meetings
Read our quick and easy tips on running accessible meetings to enhance your next call for everyone.
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.
Quick Tips: Supporting Inclusive Teaching
Accessibility is more than alt text, subtitles or "labelling" students. Read these tips on inclusive teaching practices that benefit all leaners, as well as those with specific learning needs.
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.
Resources and Events: Global Accessibility Awareness Day
The Global Accessibility Awareness Day homepage has resources, perspectives and events from around the world.
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.
- For advice on implementing this guidance to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: email@example.com
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org