UDL and Accessibility
Contact VCC Disability Services for up to date information on academic planning, orientation and learning assistance and services for our students with disabilities in specialized or regular programs.
Moodle is designed to provide equal functionality and information to all people. This means that there should be no barriers for people regardless of disabilities, assistive technologies that are used, different screen sizes and different input devices (e.g. mouse, keyboard and touchscreen). However, it's still important that instructors consider accessibility when adding content, documents, and media to a Moodle course. Here are some tips for improving the accessibility of your Moodle courses.
- Accessible Moodle course formats - a guide University of Warwick) - We recommend using the default Collapsed Topics format
- Moodle's Accessibility Statement
Ally is the tool we use in Moodle to accomplish two related aims:
- Providing alternative accessible formats for students: Ally will generate a range of more accessible alternatives and will make these available to all students in the course. These alternative accessible formats include Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic braille.
- Highlighting accessibility issues as you create your course: Ally provides feedback about the accessibility of course materials and guidance on how to fix identified accessibility issues.
See the course Creating Accessible Learning Resources for a section on using Ally.
Zoom, the live classroom/meeting tool, includes some accessibility features: https://zoom.us/accessibility
After a Zoom class/meeting is completed, the host can download a variety of files from their Zoom account under Recordings:
- Shared screen with speaker view - the video of the class with the transcript alongside
- An Audio-only file in m4a format
- The Chat content in txt format
- An Audio Transcript - Audio Transcripts are saved in .vtt format. If you download the .vtt file, you can open it with a text editor such as Microsoft Word, Text Edit, or other common word processing applications.
Make sure you have the settings enabled in Zoom to capture these formats.
Kaltura, the video-on-demand tool, includes some accessibility features: https://corp.kaltura.com/products/video-accessibility/
- Universal Design: Best Practices for Online and Blended Learning
- Creating Accessible Learning Resources
- LinkedIn Learning: Teaching Techniques: Making Accessible Learning
- Creating Accessible Content (23 mins)
- Creating Accessible Word Documents (6 mins)
- Creating Accessible Powerpoint Documents (6 mins)
- Creating Accessible PDFs (5 mins)
Other Links and resources
- Consider these ideas when planning your course online (BC Campus PDF)