Since accessibility continues to be at the forefront of conversations in education, it is important to discuss accessibility challenges that are encountered. One such challenge is found in the lack of alt tags for images in PowerPoints and PDFs. When assistive technology is used, images without alt tags are difficult to decipher and any educational value can be lost. This leaves the individual with an unequal opportunity for learning.
About a month ago, I wrote a blog about accessibility. The focus being on the idea that accessibility is Not Just Tech. When talking about accessibility, I am not just describing the ability to retrieve information or resources, but the ability to use and understand those resources and materials. Accessibility is about more than just technical solutions to inaccessible information. It’s about ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to be successful.
When designing online courses, it can be very tempting to use a lot of color to catch your students’ attention, point out important information, and dress up your course content. Unfortunately, even the smallest choices in color can present challenges for students. One of our greatest challenges when designing online courses is designing for “readability.” Readability standards ask that content of your courses be written in clear, precise language that is well structured.
Not all assumptions are wrong; but not all assumptions are right, either. So what about the assumptions we make every day; the ones we may not even realize that we are making?