The award was accepted by Andrew Lyons, Principal Architect in Moodle Platform, at the official awards ceremony held at ANZAC House in Perth. In his acceptance speech, Andrew said, “We are thrilled and humbled by this recognition. At Moodle, our mission is to empower educators to improve our world, and we believe that accessibility is a key part of that vision. We’ve been working hard to implement WCAG standards across all of our products for over a decade and to provide tools and resources for our users to create accessible content and activities. We are proud to be part of this movement that is making a positive difference for Australians and people globally living with disability.
The Moodle App offers seamless access to Moodle’s solutions, both online and offline, from any device or location while abiding by the same principles of accessibility as Moodle LMS. The Moodle LMS platform is designed with accessibility in mind, and the development team ensures that every new feature added to the system caters to individuals with disabilities and diverse social and cultural backgrounds. An independent third-party accessibility expert was consulted to verify that Moodle LMS 4.0 complies with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (WCAG 2.1 AA). This makes it the most accessible version of Moodle to date.
The Australian Access Awards were established in 2019 on Global Accessibility Awareness Day to honour organisations and individuals who are committed to providing exceptional outcomes for Australians with disabilities. It is an excellent opportunity for experts, policymakers, innovators, academics, community leaders, advocates, and individuals with disabilities to have valuable conversations. Being selected as the winner not only reflects Moodle’s dedication to accessibility but also adds to the ongoing conversation about facilitating an inclusive educational environment for all.