Continuing our look at accessibility challenges, we look at inaccessible external websites, strict time constraints on exams, unclear or non-descriptive course content, and course content without proper headings and styles for navigation.
In part 1 of our look at accessibility challenges, we examine unclear navigation or inconsistent course designs, audio content without a transcript or text alternative, unclear or not meaningful links, images with no alternative text, colors used for instructional purposes, and videos without captioning.
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.
How many of us have had a student ask, “Where is [blank]?” While sometimes, this may be a simple oversight, it may also denote a navigation problem. In looking at accessibility, course organization is essential and can significantly impact a student’s ability to navigate the course with ease.
For weeks we’ve been talking about Accessibility. Though at one point this was a highly under-discussed topic, it is one that deserves the attention it is now getting.
Over the course of next several months, IDT will be bringing the WSU community a lot of information about accessibility. Accessibility is just as important in our online campus as it is on the physical one, and because so much of what we do online has something to do with instruction, it might be even more critical.
We’re back with more good news for working towards accessibility. Not too long ago, I posted the Accessibility Check blog, where we walked through the Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 Accessibility Checker tool for PC users. Well more good news is here for all those who use Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Good News PC users! Did you know that MS Office 2010 and 2013 for PC have Accessibility Checkers built into Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to help you identify potential accessibility problems?
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?