"Accessibility involves two key issues: how users with disabilities access electronic information and how web content designers and developers enable web pages to function with assistive
devices used by individuals with disabilities.
For the user with a disability, the challenge is to identify tools that provide the most convenient access to web-based and other electronic information. For the web content designer/developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility
tools from functioning effectively. In many cases, these challenges are relatively simple to overcome, but sometimes the solutions require some additional thought and effort." (Adobe, 2016)
Why should I worry about accessibility, surely that's the job of the development team?
It is indeed the job of the developers to make sure that the system is accessible for all users regardless of disability, however we must remember that as tutors, we are the ones that fill the system with content in the form of lecture notes, forum posts and images etc.
So from this day forth we shall all assume the role of web designer when adding content to our pages!
This doesn't have to be a huge task and nobody is expecting all the content to be reworked, but it is important to bear accessibility in mind moving forward.
Below are some guides for a few easy things that can be done to improve accessibility on unit and course pages.