Accessibility and teaching continuity
By Samantha Ahern, on 13 March 2020
With the need to move teaching online digital accessibility becomes ever more important. Your Moodle course may become the primary means of both being taught and accessing material, and there are therefore multiple considerations that will impact upon how you design your course and its content.
- Are you aware of any reasonable adjustments students have in place? These will need to be continue to met even if the student isn’t currently on campus;
- What tools and technologies are available to your students? Some may be accessing a course from an area with poor internet connectivity and thus unable to access material such as video;
- Where are your students? They may be in different time zones, so you may want to consider use of asynchronous activities using forums, blogs, or wikis.
Developing additional material
Simple steps to make your content more accessible for everyone can be found on the Accessibility Fundamentals page. For more targeted guidance for specific kinds of content review the following sections.
Adding new or amending existing documents
- Review Blackboard Ally assessments of existing documents and amend those rated Red or Poor;
- Visuals and use of colour.
Video and audio, such as pre-recorded lectures
- Lecturecast and other multimedia;
- Face-to-face sessions;
- Provide outline scripts in addition to the recordings;
- Consider using auto-captioning tools – Powerpoint and Google Slides.
Online seminars or group study sessions
Full guidance can be found on the UCL Creating accessible content webpages. Face-to-face Digital Accessibility drop-in sessions have been suspended, however we hope to offer remote sessions.