Moodle spaces and learning materials

Introduction

This section is focusing primarily on Moodle, and the learning materials you host in it.

There are many other online learning platforms and digital tools that you might also use to enhance learning, but some of them may present accessibility issues to one or more groups of students (and not necessarily just those with a disability).

Wherever possible, you should ensure that the platforms and tools you use are accessible. Where they aren't, you should understand and anticipate accessibility issues that might arise so you can provide alternatives or additional support to those students who struggle to use these platforms and tools.

You should not be discouraged from innovative teaching that will benefit the majority for fear of disadvantaging a very small number of students.

Moodle

Summary

If you create or look after learning materials hosted on Moodle you must ensure that they are accessible.

You don't need to worry about aspects of Moodle that you can’t alter (e.g. branding, colours, menus, in-built tools etc.). ISS are making edits to the Moodle space templates to ensure that all new spaces for 2019 will use an accessible template.

Information

Learning materials are any resource that you host online for a student to use. This includes Word and PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations (or other types of presentation files), scanned documents, images, audio, video (including lecture capture) quizzes, glossaries etc.

Learning materials also include documents that have an administrative purpose such as handbooks, coursework cover sheets etc.

Deadlines
  • New materials and resources uploaded to Moodle for the 2019-20 academic year must be accessible.

  • Materials and resources uploaded to module spaces in the 2018-19 academic year or earlier that need to accessed by students taking a module in the 2019-20 academic year must be made accessible by September 2019.
  • Materials and resources uploaded to module spaces in the 2018-19 academic year or earlier that are to be accessed solely by students who have already taken that module can be treated as an 'archive' (and therefore don't need to be made accessible), but should have a statement to highlight that the archive is being made available for reference purposes only.
  • Materials and resources in modules that will be assessed at the end of a programme must be made accessible by September 2019 (e.g. if assessment on a programme at the end of 2019-20 is from modules studied across both 2018-19 and 2019-20, the materials and resources in those module spaces must be made accessible by September 2019).
STEM and technical content

Guidance is being developed to assist departments who use a lot of graphical resources, or mathematic or scientific notation.

If you have a module that contains these kind of resources but it isn't practical to make them accessible for the next academic year, you must ensure your module space contains an accessibility statement to make it clear to any student who struggles accessing those resources that they should discuss their specific needs with their department, who will then seek advice on how best to provide alternative formats.

Resources

Lecture capture and Panopto

Summary

The advice for the 2019-20 academic year is to continue to make recordings of your lectures available as much as possible.

By providing either an audio or a video recording of your lecture you are already making that lecture more accessible to a wider audience.

Resources

Other online platforms and tools

Summary

Using a range of digital tools (e.g. Padlet, Zeemaps etc.) is encouraged as it can provide opportunities to enhance the learning experience. However, the accessibility of tools you use should be reviewed, and alternatives selected if any of your students struggle to access the tools or the materials and resources they contain.

The Learning Technology and Digital Teaching and learning teams can be contacted for advice about online platforms and tools.

For further information about the use of other platforms and tools, seeother University systems and applications.