accessible electronic resources
Accessible resources are inclusive as they reduce barriers to engagement. Providing resources electronically improves accessibility and inclusivity by giving flexible access to learning content. They allow students to access materials using assistive technologies, e.g. screenreaders, where required. This means that all students can prepare and think critically about the subject material prior to class.
All course materials should be made available electronically where appropriate. Copies of lecture/session materials should be made available 48 hours in advance. However, the resources provided in advance should be appropriate to support the learning. For example, rather providing a complete handout in advance, you might provide a 'partial handout' stating the learning outcomes, an 'advance organiser' or links to essential reading.
Accessibility needs to be considered in relation to all resources used to support learning. In terms of text and multimedia there are many techniques and strategies that help to make resources more accessible. While they are particularly important for students with certain disabilities, the flexibility they provide can benefit all students. To make multimedia accessible there are some important things to consider:
- Providing alternative text (ALT text) descriptions for essential images and graphics.
- Providing subtitles or closed captions for video. (If this is not possible, it is essential to provide a transcript).
- Providing transcripts for audio/pod- and screencasts.
Use the links on this page for practical strategies and tips on making resources accessible.
making resources accessible