Making your Moodle Site Accessible

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Following the upgrade, the next step will be for you will be to prepare your Moodle sites for the start of Autumn term. The Digital Learning team is developing a growing list of resources to support you. Many of the resources will focus specifically on helping you make your Moodle sites Accessible to ensure compliance with the new legislation that comes into force in September.

Importing content from your 18/19 course site to your 19/20 course site

We have provided full step by step instructions on how to do this. You will need to login to Moodle to view them.

Making your Moodle Site Accessible

There have recently been several Canvas stories about the the new legislation around Web accessibility (search Canvas for Accessibility). The new law also applies to the resources and content you place within Moodle. This video will get you started with using Title headings and the built in styles to structure your content, making your images accessible and tips for formatting text. Additional guidelines can be found on this Canvas story. We will continue to provide further guidance on how to make your Moodle site and the resources within it accessible.

You can also contact your local TEL co-ordinator who will be able to help you with any specific problems. Their contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Accessibility Checklist

As you prepare your Moodle site, this checklist will help you.

  • Structure your Moodle content by using the built-in styles within Moodle for titles, subtitles, and lists etc. Do not rely on font size, colour, bold or location of text on the page to convey the structure of content.
  • Make sure each section of your Moodle site has a meaningful title. Do not leave this blank. This will also assist users who use screen readers to navigate through different sections on a page. Each section title will automatically appear in the new Navigation Drawer.
  • Complete the Image Description (Alt Text) field when uploading images to give them a description. This will provide a description to users who use screen readers. This is not the same as a caption and will not appear next to the image.
  • Use complementary media when conveying information. Make use of both descriptive text and illustrative images or diagrams.
  • Links should describe the destination and it is best to avoid repetitive use of ‘Click here’. Some users will jump from link to link when using screen readers.
    • (example: ‘more accessibility resources can be found on Canvas’ instead of ‘to find more accessibility resources on Canvas, click here.’
  • Use high-contrast colours (light text on a dark background, or dark text on a light background).

Making Documents Accessible

Uploaded documents should also be accessible. The guidance given above is equally applicable, but you can also find more videos on making accessible documents on LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) including how to add alternative text to photos in Word.

The later versions of Microsoft Office have built-in tools to check for potential accessibility issues, which give a quick view of where problems lie and clickable links to jump directly to the relevant point. You can find the Accessibility Checker by selecting File- > Info > Check for Issues > Check Accessibility or Tools > Check Accessibility.

Moodle Support

A network of college-based Technology Enhanced Learning Coordinators are available to be contacted for help and advice on creating accessible content and resources for Moodle.

  • CCW: Richard Ward |
  • CSM: Jennifer Williams-Baffoe |
  • LCC: Lee Leewis | and Puiyin Wong |
  • LCF: Caroline Rogers |

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