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Digital learning: Getting started 4. Digital accessibility

1. The
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2. Electronic
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3. Interactive
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4. Digital
accessibility

Recent and ongoing changes in the law concerning accessibility require us to take a more proactive approach to ensuring our content is accessible. Below is an overview of what this means and guidance on how to get started using digital tools.

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What is Digital Accessibility?

Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users, including those users who have visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities.

All digital content used to support learning and teaching should be accessible.

The University is committed to ensuring that our learning resources are inclusive to as many learners as possible. For example:

  • Videos are captioned
  • Documents are formatted correctly so that they can be read with a screen reader.
  • We also try to make sure alternative formats are available for anybody who might want them.

Although accessible content is required by law, most of our work on and guidance about accessibility is directly informed by our staff and students.

If you have any questions or suggestions relating to digital accessibility, please get in touch with us at digital.learning@sheffield.ac.uk.

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Digital Accessibility in our tools

Most of our tools and platforms have inbuilt accessibility features. You can find out more about these features, as well as general digital accessibility guidance on our Digital Accessibility web pages.

You can also self enrol on our Digital Learning at TUoS exemplary Blackboard course, which contains a section on digital accessibility. Please note that you will need to complete the accessibility quiz in order to unlock other areas of the course.

Self enrol on Digital Learning at TUoS Blackboard course

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