Build Accessible – Inclusive Content by Design

Introduction

From 23rd September 2018, it became law for public sector bodies to make the content of their websites and mobile apps more accessible to users under the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This government regulation* is an extension of the Equality Act 2010 and is benchmarked against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA (WCAG 2.1 AA Standard). Its purpose is to ensure that public sector websites’ content is accessible for all users and can be used with the most common assistive technologies, including screen magnifiers, screen readers and speech recognition tools.

It is particularly important to be aware that content that is published after 23rd September 2019 must meet these guidelines and any video or audio content published after 23rd September 2020 must include captions and transcripts.

This short blog contains information on the resources that are available to you to enable you to make your content compliant.

*Further information can be found at the end of this blog article – See ‘Further Reading’.

The Learning Design Exemplar – Quick and simple support material created for you

To enable and support staff in their use of learning technologies, the LTD Team have developed The Learning Design Exemplar – A quick and easy-to-use information resource located within each staff members’ Learning Edge (Blackboard) course list.

We’re pleased to also announce a brand-new section – ‘Inclusive by Design’ – in response to working towards achieving accessibility requirements to benefit our students.

This section has been created to serve as a quick resource to guide you through the various techniques, tools and functions that can be used to create accessible content.

Remember: Think “Build Accessible“.

In less than 15 minutes of video guides, this section covers the following topics for making your content compliant:

These techniques and tools can be used to evaluate and improve existing course material accessibility for your students and further material is included to review topics in greater detail.

It’s quick and simple to find:

Simply search for “Learning Design Exemplar” within your course list on Learning Edge (Blackboard) and the course will display in your results:

And that’s not all

Have you wondered how to go about using breakout groups in your Collaborate sessions but don’t know where to start?

Are you unsure about that particular setting for your Turnitin Submission Dropbox?

Do you need to know how to quickly add captions to your Collaborate session recordings?

It’s all in the Learning Design Exemplar!

Each section provides information and bite-size video guides for the most commonly used learning technologies ranging from Blackboard and Collaborate to Panopto and other tools:

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The Learning Design Exemplar – We strongly encourage you to take a look when you can!

Further Support

Be sure to check out the Staff Accessibility Toolkit and LTD Wiki pages for further support and information resources around making your content accessible.

As always, please contact the LTD Team for any further advice and guidance: ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Further Reading

The accessibility of content within the government regulations is benchmarked against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA (WCAG 2.1 AA Standard) and the content’s ability to be used with the most common assistive technologies, including screen magnifiers, screen readers and speech recognition tools.

Published on the UK Government webpages this standard follows four design principles for published content – It must be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.

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