Project Description

Simple Ways to Enhance Accessibility

Inclusive Learning

Introduction

Making courses more accessible makes for a better and more inclusive experience for all. There are a few simple ways you can make your course and course materials more accessible.  These tips can help to start you on a journey to make your courses and courses more accessible. 

1. Be mindful of colour contrast

Graphics with poor colour contrast can become difficult or impossible to read. Text that  has a very low contrast and is essentially illegible. For people with visual impairments such as colour blindness where there is insufficient contrast this can make content highly  inaccessible. To resolve this avoid using colour combination with poor contrast and utilise tools such as the RMIT colour text contrast reference guide, Who Can Use or Colorsafe. This will help ensure that you are using Colours that are Accessible.

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accessibility broadly refers to making
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content services and facilities usable
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to all regardless of disabilities and
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removing barriers that prevent
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engagement access or usability in the
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context of digital learning this is
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primarily through the interface of
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canvas in this example the text has a
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very low contrast and is essentially
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illegible for people with visual
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impairments such as colour blindness
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where there is insufficient colour
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contrast this can make content largely
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inaccessible if we address the contrast
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in the text it instantly becomes more
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legible and easy to distinguish
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2. Ensure video content has precise and accurate captions

Captions and transcripts are essential for multimedia content. Video platforms such as YouTube and Canvas Studio can generate automatic captions using speech recognition. Care should be taken to enhance the accuracy and fix any mistakes. Captions provide a better experience for all and can be particularly helpful for international students.

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we need to ensure that video content has
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precise and accurate captions when
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making videos on multimedia you need to
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provide captions and transcripts
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including visual descriptions where
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appropriate and you shouldn’t consider
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making the video downloadable captions
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provide a better experience for all and
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can be particularly helpful for
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international students
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captions are essential for people with
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hearing impairments and can also be
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useful for everyone in a variety of
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contexts such as when watching in a
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noisy environment such as a train video
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platforms such as YouTube and Candice
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sphere can generate automatic captions
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using speech recognition care should be
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taken to enhance accuracy and fix any
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mistakes in this example poorly
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generated auto captions can lead to
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misunderstandings and confusion RMIT has
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been incorrectly transcribed as our
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mighty WWE in the website has been
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misidentified as WWE precise and
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accurate captions are especially
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important when using difficult or
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discipline-specific language

3. Properly tag headings in documents and Canvas

Headings provide hierarchy, style and structure to your content. These can be easily added in Canvas or Microsoft office. The structure helps to provide more meaning and context to all users. It is particularly useful for those using assistive technologies such as screen readers as they can be used to navigate more easily.

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it’s very important to utilise tag
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headings headings provide hierarchy
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structure and style to your content the
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structure helps to provide more meaning
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and context to all users it’s
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particularly useful for those using
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assistive technologies such as screen
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readers as they can be used to navigate
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more easily headings can be easily
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applied in canvas to structure your
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content but also in programs such as
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Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
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4. Add Alt Tags to your images

Alt tags are alternative descriptions provided for images. These are essential for those using screen readers to engage in the content that is purely visual. Other benefits include making content more searchable and providing better context. Alt tags can easily be added in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Canvas.

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all tags use provide descriptions of
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images particularly for those using
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assistive technologies such as screen
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readers all images used in canvas should
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be provided with a contextual
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description when writing alt tags you
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don’t want to scribe what the picture
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looks like but instead explain the
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information the picture contains and the
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information you want the user to know
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this should also be done when preparing
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course materials in other programs such
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as PowerPoint or Microsoft Word
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