Educators

A reference guide for Educators using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Meeting web content accessibility standards

Most of the tips provided are web content standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium. For more information, review their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Compliance to accessibility standards in HTML-authored content

An accessibility checker is now available within the HTML Editor for use within Content, Quizzes, Assignments, Calendar, Assignments, and any other tools where you can access the HTML Editor.

The accessibility checker is available on the HTML Editor bar. After you add content to the HTML Editor, you can click the checker to ensure that the HTML page meets conformance to WCAG and Section 508 accessibility standards.

The accessibility checker reviews content for the use of the following items:

The checker indicates if the content is free of accessibility issues, or offers suggestions to fix them.

Note that the accessibility checker does not check multiple files at the same time and does not check files that you have imported into a unit. Also be aware that the accessibility checker is only available for HTML files in the HTML Editor tool; it cannot be used to check any other file type, such as MS Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and so on.

Use the Accessibility Checker on HTML-authored content

The accessibility checker gives you a way to ensure that the content you author in the HTML Editor conforms to WCAG and Section 508 accessibility standards. The accessibility checker is available within the HTML Editor for use within Content, Quizzes, Assignments, Calendar, Assignments, Discussions and any other tools where a user can access the HTML Editor.

  1. Enter HTML content in the HTML Editor.
  2. Click htmlEditor_accessibility-checker to start the checker.
  3. If there are any compliance issues, read the report for suggestions on how to fix the issue.

Setting clear unit expectations

For many students, an online unit marks a big change from a traditional classroom. This change can be even more challenging for students with physical or learning disabilities, as they can feel disconnected from their educator and other support systems. Connect provides learning designers and educators with flexibility in how they set up and organise content, however it can still be daunting for students who rely on assistive technologies to navigate Connect, find unit materials, and find and complete assignments.

To help your students effectively use your online unit, consider the following design guidelines:

 

Making flexible time limits and deadlines

In some cases, unit designers may put users with learning and physical disabilities at a disadvantage without intending to. Usually, disadvantages result from users not having enough time to complete tasks or not having appropriately designed resources. Consider using the following best practices to organise unit materials:

 

Providing alternative learning materials

To improve student engagement, one of the most effective unit design decisions you can make is to offer unit materials and assignments that appeal to more than one sense. For example, the same material can have an audio, video, and text component. This type of redundancy helps engage students with different learning types, reinforces important concepts, and ensures that users with physical disabilities can access content in a suitable format. Consider adopting the following best practices: