Accessibility and inclusivity

designing for diverse learners Accessibility is about ensuring that things can be used by as many people as possible, working towards equality of opportunity. 

Although ‘accessibility’ is often used to mean making resources accessible to people with disabilities, Fuller(2008) argued that many such suggestions can be general good practice.

Accessibility of teaching materials

NUIT offers advice on about making your content accessible and has good practice guides for:

Microsoft Word
PDFs
Presentations
Printed Publications
Recorded Feedback
Web Sites

Key messages

Some of the key messages are included in our A4 printable sheet Designing for Diverse Learners.

Make it accessible (SensusAccess)

The University is running a pilot with SensusAccess, a system which automatically converts documents into alternate formats, allowing you to:

  1. Convert image PDFs, JPEGS and other files into an e-book, text file, audio or braille.
  2. Combine more than one .JPG into a single file

Converting a document is achieved in four easy steps and full details, including the conditions of use and step by step instructions, can all be found on the ASK website.

If you have any feedback about the pilot please email LTDS@ncl.ac.uk

Centrally Supported Systems

Accessibility is a key requirement of systems procured by the University to support teaching and learning. For in-house developed systems see NUIT’s guidance on designing accessible applications

Further Information

See Getting Started with Accessibility and Inclusion for JISC’s guidance on this topic.