Today I ran the first Accessibility Awareness: Basics webinar, first of a series of webinars intended to fill the gap left by abandoning our in person Accessibility Workshop (due to the current circumstances), with my colleague Graham North.
We were pleasantly surprised to find 80 attendees in the webinar with us. It showed us how important “accessibility” is to our colleagues at UCEM.
In this short webinar I introduced what accessibility is, what it is like to be a student with disabilities (using the brilliant video Experiences of Students with Disabilities), changes in UK law around accessibility, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and then I presented 5 tips to create accessible content. My 5 tips were:
- Using heading styles
- Using alternatives for non-text content
- Colour contrast and not using colour as only means conveying information
- Accessible links
- Using built in accessibility checkers
I am a Learning Technology Researcher and the Chair of the Online Learning Research Centre at the University College of Estate Management. My principle research interests lie in the area of social implications of information and communication technologies, especially eLearning.