Let’s celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

May 20, 2021 By Abby Fry

Everyone deserves to be able to experience and access online contact successfully and Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21 celebrates awareness of and commitment to digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments.

Accessibility is a constant focus in the development of Moodle and with every new release, we dedicate resources to improve accessibility in order to ensure that our software is accessible for everyone who uses it.

Moodle LMS is WCAG 2.1 AA compliant which means that Moodle users can be reassured that Moodle meets accessibility in four key areas. Whether you are an educator, learner, developer or system administrator, Moodle LMS’s authoring and evaluation tools are endorsed by WCAG as perceivable, operable, understandable and compatible.

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The way in which educators and administrators create courses, resources and activities on Moodle LMS or Moodle Workplace also has an impact on their accessibility. To accommodate all learners, it is important that educators and administrators create Moodle platforms that provide alternatives for different senses, options between language and symbols and promote active information processing skills.

A new integration to Moodle 3.11, Brickfield’s Accessibility Starter Toolkit includes the automated analysis of Moodle courses against a set of common accessibility rules, checking the content inside all of Moodle’s core activities. The Toolkit then generates a report with a list of all detected accessibility errors, which can also be broken down by type of content or type of activity. This provides insights to educators and organisations on the overall accessibility of their courses and the areas that should be improved.

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