Use the information on this page to help make your instructional materials accessible to persons with disabilities as well as giving all of your students multiple modes of accessing content and course material.
A quick resource for creating an accessible syllabus can be found at this link:
The following link is a compliance editor. It will not work with Moodle, however, because of the password protection. It can be used with other sites such as WordPress.
W3C Web Accessibility Evaluator.
New in Moodle 3.5: The editor now contains an accessibility checker and a screen reader helper. Click on these tools to ensure your content in the editor is accessible and can be read using screen readers.
Include an accommodation statement in your syllabus
Add a link or contact information to the Office of Academic Accessibility
Use concise, meaningful text when labeling resources and activities
Helps persons with vision or learning disabilities to navigate Moodle
When possible, open linked items in the same window
Opening a linked item in a new window can be confusing for persons using screen readers
Avoid identifying objects by color (e.g. “all assignments in red are optional”)
Color blind individuals cannot distinguish between colors on the screen
Make sure printable materials are still usable in black and white print
Some people prefer to work from printed documents
Avoid course materials that display blinking or flashing computer graphics
This can cause seizures or migraines in some individuals
Assignments/Quizzes in Moodle – extended time
Use the Override option in Moodle
Check your quizzes with screen reader technology
Provide an alternate version of the exam, if necessary
Provide extended time to those students requiring this accommodation
Use groupings to assign students to an extended time test
Use explicit discussion forum topics (e.g. “Question about Assignment #2” vs. “Question”)
Require participants to create a new topic when appropriate, instead of continually replying to a single post
It can be difficult for people using screen readers to find information in nested replies
detailed instructions on how to make a Word document accessible
Use sans serif fonts such as Ariel or Helvetica and make sure they are of sufficient size
Makes the document easier to read for someone with low vision
Create clear, consistent headings throughout the document
Can use Word’s Styles toolbar to create consistent headings
Use Word’s columns, numbered and bulleted lists, and tables instead of attempting to create these items using spaces or tabs
The document is more screen reader compatible
When pasting text from a Word document into a Moodle course, use the Import Word file icon found in the editor tool bar. This imports the text and strips it of unnecessary code
Avoids the insertion of additional Microsoft Word coding
Using the Import Word File button
Avoid posting Word documents in Moodle that have been saved as web pages
Saving Word documents as a web pages adds additional coding that makes the page slower to load and more difficult for screen readers to read
Check PDF documents for screen reader compatibility – Highlight
text, click on File>edit>speech>start speaking to see if the document is readable.
Some PDF documents are rendered as an image and will not be readable by screen readers
Use an OCR (Optical Character Reader) to convert the PDF document to text, if necessary
Provide the information in an alternative format
Person’s with reading difficulties may need to manipulate items on the page such as font size, character spacing, font and background color, etc.
Use alt tags or provide descriptions for images, photos, charts, and tables
Use strong color contrast between font and slide background
If you have embedded narration, include a transcript