Accessibility Considerations in Constructing eClass Courses
Last modified on 28 September 2023 02:47 PM
This article describes best practices for ensuring eClass course content meets accessibility standards and has been provided by the Academic Success Centre.
As a part of the transition to remote class delivery in response to COVID-19, the Center for Teaching and Learning has provided the following suggestions for accessibility considerations specifically for synchronous lectures:
eClass General Accessibility Performance
Moodle, the application running eClass, has a strong focus on accessibility. The default standard for Moodle content presentation is WCAG 2.0 - an internationally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international team of experts (beginning January 1, 2021, all public websites and web content must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA.) For more detailed documentation on Moodle accessibility, see here.
Beyond the Basics
Instructors constructing courses on eClass should also consider accessibility when creating their content. Web pages are fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability. The W3C provides 3 examples of areas where web sites have accessibility barriers:
Instructors can now add a self-serve file conversion utility into their courses that students can use to obtain accessible and alternate format versions of files within the course.
The W3C also delivers the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) which brings together people from industry, disability organizations, government, and research labs from around the world to develop guidelines and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities including auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities.