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Accessibility statement for Moodle.uws.ac.uk

Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at the University of the West of Scotland. This is where you will likely access resources, submit work, collaborate and communicate with other students and teaching staff.  We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

 

The Accessibility block is available on every page of Moodle, once you are logged in.  This provides options for changing the text size and colour scheme in Moodle and the settings can be saved between sessions.  It also incorporates the ATbar which brings together different tools such as text to speech, colour overlays and changing text size in one place.

 

AbilityNet’s MyComputer My Way has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

The Moodle platform is designed with accessibility in mind and Moodle’s goal is to be fully accessible and usable for all users regardless of ability. The Moodle Docs website has detailed information about Moodle’s conformance to standards and known bugs and issues.

Content on Moodle is created and uploaded by University staff.  Our aim is that all learning, teaching and assessment resources are, where possible, accessible to all users.  However, we cannot guarantee that this is the case.  Within the Moodle course for each of your modules, there should be an accessibility statement which outlines the types of resources used in the course and any known issues.  There will also be details of who to contact if you have problems accessing any materials, or require an alternative format.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

If you have problem navigating to the courses that you are enrolled on in Moodle, or access your courses:

Responses from this email address will be made only Mon – Fri from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 3 working days.

If you need information within your course/modules in a different format, please contact the person(s) listed within the accessibility statement in that course/module.

If you are a student with existing arrangements or reasonable adjustments, you can also contact Disability Services for support.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of Moodle. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: educationfutures@uws.ac.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about UWS Moodle’s accessibility

University of the West of Scotland is committed to making its VLE accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible alternatives.  

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix archived materials in Moodle before this date unless a specific request is made.  If you require access to Moodle archive from August 2018 or earlier, please contact educationfutres@uws.ac.uk

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish should meet accessibility standards.

Live video

Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions - live).

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

We do not currently plan to add captions to recorded videos e.g. lecture capture recordings, because any recorded videos published before 23rd Septemebr 2020 are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Other video content created after September 2019 should have captions or a transcript file available.  If you have problems with any videos, please contact the module/course contact in the first instance to request an alternative format.

How we tested this website

At the time of writing UWS Moodle has not been independently tested for accessibility.

Accessibility information included in this statement has been drawn from:

  • Accessibility information published on Moodle.org Accessibility web pages [accessed September 2019]
  • In-house testing included examining a random selection of pages from across Moodle using a range of accessibility evaluation tools including WAVE Evaluation Tool for Google Chrome and the ATbar in-built screen reader. [Undertaken September 2019].

We attempted to assess the accessibility of

  • The Moodle system itself
  • The content within and uploaded to Moodle by the academic teams who use them for learning, teaching and assessment.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to use recommended and supported, accessible themes from Moodle.  To improve the consistency of the accessibility of learning materials within courses on Moodle, we have introduced UWS Baseline, an adaptation of UCL’s Baseline and Baseline Plus, which provides guidance on creating accessible learning materials and resources.  This will be supported by optional training for all staff who add content to Moodle.

This statement was prepared on September 23rd 2019. It was last updated on October 30th 2019.

 

 

Accessibility statement for open.uws.ac.uk

Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at the University of the West of Scotland. This is where you will likely access resources, submit work, collaborate and communicate with other students and teaching staff.  We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

 

The UserWay Widget is available on every page of open.uws.ac.uk, even when you are not logged in.  This provides helpful accessibility tools and site modification options for users.  These include keyboard navigation, a screen reader, changing contrast, highlighting links, changing text size and spacing, increasing the cursor size and increasing legibility of fonts. These settings can be saved between sessions when using the same browser on the same machine. The location of the widget can also be personalised or hidden.

 

AbilityNet’s MyComputer My Way has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

The Moodle platform is designed with accessibility in mind and Moodle’s goal is to be fully accessible and usable for all users regardless of ability. The Moodle Docs website has detailed information about Moodle’s conformance to standards and known bugs and issues.

Content on Moodle is created and uploaded by University staff.  Our aim is that all learning, teaching and assessment resources are, where possible, accessible to all users.  However, we cannot guarantee that this is the case.  Within the Moodle course for each of your modules, there should be an accessibility statement which outlines the types of resources used in the course and any known issues.  There will also be details of who to contact if you have problems accessing any materials, or require an alternative format.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

If you have problem navigating to the courses that you are enrolled on in Moodle, or access your courses:

Responses from this email address will be made only Mon – Fri from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 3 working days.

If you need information within your course/modules in a different format, please contact the person(s) listed within the accessibility statement in that course/module.

If you are a student with existing arrangements or reasonable adjustments, you can also contact Disability Services for support.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of Moodle. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: educationfutures@uws.ac.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about UWS Moodle’s accessibility

University of the West of Scotland is committed to making its VLE accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible alternatives.  

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix archived materials in Moodle before this date unless a specific request is made.  If you require access to Moodle archive from August 2018 or earlier, please contact educationfutres@uws.ac.uk

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish should meet accessibility standards.

Live video

Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions - live).

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

We do not currently plan to add captions to recorded videos e.g. lecture capture recordings, because any recorded videos published before 23rd Septemebr 2020 are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Other video content created after September 2019 should have captions or a transcript file available.  If you have problems with any videos, please contact the module/course contact in the first instance to request an alternative format.

How we tested this website

At the time of writing UWS Moodle has not been independently tested for accessibility.

Accessibility information included in this statement has been drawn from:

  • Accessibility information published on Moodle.org Accessibility web pages [accessed September 2019]
  • In-house testing included examining a random selection of pages from across Moodle using a range of accessibility evaluation tools including WAVE Evaluation Tool for Google Chrome and the ATbar in-built screen reader. [Undertaken September 2019].

We attempted to assess the accessibility of

  • The Moodle system itself
  • The content within and uploaded to Moodle by the academic teams who use them for learning, teaching and assessment.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to use recommended and supported, accessible themes from Moodle.  To improve the consistency of the accessibility of learning materials within courses on Moodle, we have introduced UWS Baseline, an adaptation of UCL’s Baseline and Baseline Plus, which provides guidance on creating accessible learning materials and resources.  This will be supported by optional training for all staff who add content to Moodle.

This statement was prepared on September 23rd 2019. It was last updated on October 30th 2019.

 

 

Last updated: 12/11/2019