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Accessible moodle theme

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How we modified the Adaptable Moodle theme to make UCL Moodle more accessible.

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Accessible moodle theme

  1. 1. Accessible Moodle Making UCL Moodle more accessible April 2017 Jessica Gramp Digital Education Advisor j.gramp@ucl.ac.uk
  2. 2. Accessibility, usability and inclusive design “Accessibility, usability, and inclusive design are closely related. Their goals, approaches, and guidelines overlap significantly.” “In practice, basic accessibility is a prerequisite for usability.” https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/usable
  3. 3. Background • Project money to improve accessibility of Moodle. • Focus groups with disabled students and staff. • Using Adaptable theme as it already solves many of the issues raised. • Working with Blazie to develop recommendations. • Coding the focus group data in Nvivo to establish key themes. • Many of the concerns raised are around general usability that cause additional problems for those with disabilities. • Making Moodle more accessible for people with disabilities will improve usability for all.
  4. 4. Disabilities There are four broad areas that are covered by a number of disability charities (AbilityNet): • Hearing: Auditory Disability (deafness). • Vision: Blindness and Visual impairment. • Cognitive: Cognitive and Neurological Disability (Dyslexia, Autism etc.). • Motor: Physical Disability. https://abilitynet.org.uk
  5. 5. 10 main areas of accessibility concern • Clutter - difficult to find information amongst irrelevant links and content. • Emphasis – difficult to understand what is the most important information. • Layout - page elements are not configurable, there is too much visible at once and the blocks are too wide. • Navigation and Orientation - long, disorganised pages, with links to external services not being signposted. • Usability - some interfaces, especially for assessments, are particularly difficult to use. • Awareness - useful features (skip links) and services (Moodle snapshot) remain unknown. • Personalisation - a lack of configurable page elements (blocks, fonts, font sizes and colours) or information about how to do this independently with browser plugins and other assistive technologies. • Text - Problems reading text that is overly long, too small, in a difficult to read font with poor contrast and in difficult formats both in Moodle and the resources it contains. • Consistency - inconsistencies between Moodle courses and conversely some courses not being adequately distinguishable from others. • Graphics - heavy reliance of written information that could be expressed more simply with icons and images, with appropriate alternative text for those using screen readers.
  6. 6. Login • Alerts • Course search • Announcements • Feature blocks
  7. 7. Navigation • Docked blocks • Hide/show blocks • Full screen toggle • Customisation • Help Menu
  8. 8. Dashboard • Course overview • Some find the extra info confusing. • Reports of items remaining after action.
  9. 9. Editing a course • Drag drop files notice when editing turned on. • This course menu: • People • Grades • Activity Links • Dyslexia considerations: • Grey background. • FontAwesome icons.
  10. 10. OpenDyslexi font applied via Chrome addin
  11. 11. Summary • alter settings such as fonts, colours and css from the site admin interface. • menus can show only to particular role types (e.g. student/staff). • full screen mode, which slides into place. • hide blocks mode, which slides them out of view. • alerts that appear top of the page (although there's a current bug with rendering more than one ticker item). • alert when you ‘turn editing on’ that slides down from the top of the page to inform editors to being able to drag and drop files. • supports Dockable blocks.
  12. 12. Questions? Jessica Gramp Digital Education Advisor j.gramp@ucl.ac.uk

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