Accessibility in Moodle

How is Moodle improving the accessibility of the Learning Management System?

You may have noticed the changes in the Moodle interface and instructor options in recent upgrades. Many modifications are for the purpose of making the Moodle environment more accessible to students and instructors with a wide range of special needs. The summer 2016 upgrade will take Moodle another great step forward in accessibility improvements. To learn more visit the official Moodle Accessibility Page.

How can you improve the accessibility of your courses?

Follow best practices for making web content accessible:

 Organize Course Materials

·       Course Header Topic/Week includes only general and policy course information: professor name, offices hours, contact information, syllabus, course policies, accessibility policy, link to university policies

·        Provide sufficient color contrast between foreground and background. Using the default course template ensures this

·         Use a consistent organizational structure throughout the course

·         Improve readability by communicating ideas and instructions clearly and concisely, and breaking up large blocks of text into smaller paragraphs

Use Accessible Features in the Atto HTML Text Editor

Title: Atto Editor Toolbar

 

Both instructors and students can follow these tips when using the Atto text editor to post content to the course and through activities.

·         Title: Atto Menu Button StyleStyles- Use proper semantic structure- Organize content using true “headings” and not simply by changing font size, type, or color.

·         Title: Atto menu lists bulleted and numberedLists- Use true bulleted and numbered lists rather than just using tabs or spaces

·         Title: Attomenu-imageUse images to supplement text, not replace text

·         Image Alt Tags- Provide brief, meaningful alt-tags for images that describe content and function. If an image is purely decorative, use “” for the alt tag

·         Title: Atto Menu -Insert hyperlinkHyperlinks- the link text must be descriptive and make sense out of context. Avoid using “click here” and full URLs as the link text.

·         Title: Atto menu - insert tableTables- Be sure the row/column headings appear within the table, not externally

·         Title: Atto Menu accessibility checkerAccessibility Checker- Use this to check the accessibility of your content before saving, and confirm that you have followed best practices for the accessibility of the content created in the Atto text editor.

·         Title: atto menu screenreader helperThe screen-reader helper provides additional information to instructors and students who are using a screen-reader while using the Atto text editor.

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Article ID: 45201
Created
Tue 12/19/17 10:44 AM
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Mon 4/26/21 10:18 AM

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