Content Accessibility Fundamentals

The Content Accessibility Fundamentals Page on iris has recently undergone full reconstruction by the TEL team to keep UHSussex learners informed about Content Accessibility.

This has been a long-standing course on iris which we have recently reorganized it so that learning how to produce accessible content is given the importance it deserves.

But what is Content Accessibility About?

Content accessibility is about creating web content that can be accessed by everyone regardless of different environments, different devices, various ages or impaired abilities such as lower vision, mobility or dexterity.

A common misconception is that content accessibility is about disability, but in reality it is about universality of the content we create and share with our learners.

Why do I need to learn how to produce accessible content?

From September 2018 new regulations on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies came into force in the UK. That means that as a Trust we have the legal obligation to take all of our learners into consideration when we create content we put on iris, our Learning Management System.

Creating accessible content can also optimize the overall learner experience as information is displayed in a clearer and more responsive way regardless of the environment or the device of the learner.

What can I learn from this course?

In the Content Accessibility Fundamentals page, you will learn how to produce accessible web content when working with Word, PDF Files and PowerPoint Presentations. You will also find information on how to make your images, videos, tables and links accessible for everyone and you will be able to check if your content is accessible through the Accessibility Checklist.

If you want to go beyond the standard knowledge and become an accessibility expert, you will find various optional resources that help you learn about color contrast and designing for specific audiences such as people in the autism spectrum or people with dyslexia.

Where can I find the Content Accessibility Fundamentals Page?

You can access the page by visiting Content Accessibility Fundamentals on iris, or you can find it at the bottom of your iris dashboard if you are based at Worthing, Chichester, or Shoreham.