Using Technology to Create Accessible Learning Materials
Technology can provide opportunities to make learning materials more accessible.
“e-Learning offers many distinct advantages over traditional paper based resources. These include the ability to:
- personalise font type and size,
- personalise colours,
- change magnification,
- personalise the pace of learning by accessing materials outside the classroom/lecture room,
- personalise routeways through materials using hyperlinks and,
- personalise access to support/extension materials using hyperlinks.”
Technology makes these opportunities available, but its use does not guarantee them; indeed, if used without care, it can present new barriers. If you are involved in creating or adapting learning materials, then you are also responsible for anticipating the likely needs of your learners.
The guidance on these pages is aimed at ensuring that your learning materials are accessible for as many learners as possible, so that the need for individual adjustments is minimised. More detailed guidance than that offered here is available in BlackBoard’s free, self-guided learning materials on Universal Design for Accessibility and Online Learning.
However, your students are in the best position to tell you whether your materials are accessible and useful, so be sure to seek feedback from them.