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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

This page brings together a range of resources to support you in using technology to make your teaching more inclusive. In the short term, there is an emphasis on ensuring that online materials comply with the forthcoming web accessibility regulations. Here you will find practical tools that you may find immediately valuable in relation to that work, including sample accessibility statements. There are also reference materials that you can dip into as necessary.

  • Accessibility community group | Jisc
    Connect with peers to learn more about meeting accessibility regulations and co-create resources to avoid duplicating work.

  • Sample accessibility statement | UK Government
    Sample accessibility statement for a fictional public sector website or app, including sample wording and guidance on what to include.
  • Accessibility statements across the UK | Lexdis
    A dataset capturing organisations that have accessibility statements, whether those statements are compliant with regulatory requirements, and other information.
  • Diagram center | Poet Training Tool
    We have an unprecedented opportunity to ensure all content that is ‘born digital’ is also ‘born accessible’ so that all readers have access to the information they need. Use the interactive features on this website to determine when additional details are necessary and what makes for a good description.
  • UDL on campus | Universal Design for Learning
    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, and assessments as well as the policies surrounding these curricular elements with the diversity of learners in mind.
  • searchBOX | textBOX digital
    searchBOX is a free and comprehensive directory created by textBOX to help librarians and disability service officers source accessible content.
  • HE and FE Accessibility Maturity Model | AbilityNet and McNaught Consultancy
    This Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) Accessibility Maturity Model, created by AbilityNet and McNaught Consultancy, enables you to judge the maturity of your organisation's digital accessibility.

  • Holistic approaches to e-learning accessibility | Lawrie Phipps and Brian Kelly
    This research paper emphasises the need to consider pedagogic and contextual issues along with technical and resource related aspects of e-learning. The authors propose a holistic framework and illustrate its practical application through examples and case studies.
  • 10 simple rules for supporting a temporary online pivot in higher education | Emily Nordmann, Chiara Horlin, Jacqui Hutchison, Jo-Anne Murray, Louise Robson, Michael Seery and Jill MacKay
    As continued COVID-19 disruption looks likely across the world, perhaps until 2021, contingency plans are evolving in case of further disruption in the 2020-2021 academic year. This includes delivering face-to-face programmes fully-online for at least part of the upcoming academic year for new and continuing cohorts This temporary pivot will necessitate distance teaching and learning across almost every conceivable pedagogy, from fundamental degrees to professionally accredited ones. Each institution, programme, and course will have its own myriad of individualised needs , however, there is a common question that unites us all: how do we provide teaching and assessment to students in a manner that is accessible, fair, equitable, and provides the best learning whilst acknowledging the temporary nature of the Pivot? No ‘one size fits all’ solution exists and many of the choices that need to be made will be far from simple, however, this paper provides a starting point and basic principles to facilitate discussions taking place around the globe by balancing what we know from the pedagogy of online learning with the practicalities imposed by this crisis.

  • Web Accessibility Tutorials | Web Accessibility Initiative
    This collection of tutorials shows you how to develop web content that is accessible to people with disabilities, and that provides a better user experience for everyone.


 

Accessibility, widening participation, and online learning | Jill Mackay, University of Edinburgh
In this short video, Jill Mackay highlights some common barriers to engagement with online learning, and explains how these might be addressed during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.