Inclusive Digital Practice

Edge Hill University is committed to improving student retention and success through inclusive teaching practices.  The following page aims to provide guidance for lecturers on the production of accessible teaching and learning resources.

Student using laptop and headset

Staff Learning and Development Sessions

Let’s get Accessible – Make your documents and presentations accessible.  Login to MyView, search for ‘Accessible’ and book onto a Workplace Technologies session.

Video Case Studies

Hear from staff and students in these short videos, how technology is supporting student learning and assessment.

Lecture Capture Resources

Making the most of Lecture Capture at Edgehill
Using portable Lecture Capture equipment

Learning Edge (Blackboard) Baseline

Learning Edge Baseline and Baseline+
Blackboard Accessibility Features

An open resource to help staff find information on inclusive practice:

BBC – Basic Accessibility Resources (Birbeck for all)

A series of blog posts on making documents better for everyone without any cost or huge inconvenience:

Text formatting – Best Practice
Dyslexia Friendly documents – Simple Writing
Dyslexia Friendly documents – Icons, colours and images
Structured documents in other word processors and on web pages

General Accessibility Guidelines

Born Accessible – if content is ‘born digital,’ it can—and should—be ‘born accessible.’
Introduction to Accessible Documents – YouTube Video
Design Principles
Designing for Accessibility
How can you make resources accessible for those with disabilities?
Using assistive and accessible technology in teaching and learning
Producing Accessible Materials for Print and Online
Guide to using fonts
Plain Language Checklist
Plain English Campaign – Free Guides
Built-in Accessibility
UK Association for Accessible Formats

Layout, Hyperlinks, Fonts and Colour

How to create structured documents – YouTube Video
Text and Typographical Layout
Why White Space Matters
Everything about colour contrast
Colour and Contrast
Typefaces for Dyslexia
WebAim – Fonts
Links and Hypertext

Accessible Documents and Presentations

JISC – Accessible Documents and Presentations
Microsoft Product Accessibility
Adobe Products Accessibility
Why use Microsoft Word’s built in Heading Styles
Creating long Word documents

Accessible PDFs

Best Practices for PDF Accessibility
Accessible Forms in Acrobat XI
Converting Documents to PDF
Constructing Accessible Tables
Lynda.Com – Creating Accessible PDFs
Making PDF’s Machine Readable
Adding Bookmarks to PDF’s

Accessible Word Documents

Make your Word Documents Accessible
WebAim: Creating Accessible Word Documents
Creating Accessible Word Documents

Accessible Powerpoint Presentations

Making Powerpoint Presentations Accessible
How to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’

Accessible Video

8 Steps to creating accessible video
W3C: Making Multimedia Accessible


Colour Contrast Checker
MS Word Accessibility Checker
PDF Accessibility Checker