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Moodle Accessibility Statement

This Accessibility Statement is provided by City of Wolverhampton College (CoWC) in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the Accessibility Regulations)

About Moodle

Moodle is City of Wolverhampton College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Moodle is built by the Moodle project which is led and coordinated by Moodle HQ, which is financially supported by a network of over 80 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide.

Moodle's goal is to be fully accessible and usable for all users regardless of ability and was built in accordance with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

City of Wolverhampton College aims to ensure that teaching, learning and assessment resources built in and/or uploaded to Moodle are fully accessible to all users.

Using Moodle

The following sections highlight the main accessibility features that you should be able to use in Moodle.

View Moodle pages in your preferred way

You can change colours, contrast levels and fonts and zoom into pages up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen.

Navigate Moodle and its content using your preferred method

⬤ Navigation using Headings

Moodle has an inbuilt headings structure that should enable screen readers and other assistive technologies to list and navigate to headings and sub-headings.

⬤ Navigation by Links

Moodle has many in-built links that are used for navigation purposes.  These have meaningful names indicating their purpose and destination.  Users of assistive technology such as screen readers should be able to list all of the links on a page and understand their purpose from the link text.

⬤ Navigation by Keyboard

Moodle has been designed to enable navigation around most of the site using just a keyboard.  All components on a Moodle page should be focusable with the keyboard (available in the tab sequence) and should allow the focus to be moved away using only the keyboard.

Listen to content using your preferred technology

⬤ Text-to-speech

Users should be able to listen to content selected with the mouse or keyboard using text to speech browser plugins or other assistive technologies.

⬤ Screen readers

Users should be able to listen to and navigate around Moodle using a screen reader.  Moodle officially supports a range of screen readers NVDA Screen Reader (Windows), JAWS Screen Reader (Windows), Chromevox Screen Reader (Linux, Chrome OS, Windows, Mac OS X), Orca Screen Reader (Linux)

Using your preferred assistive technology

The My Computer My Way guide provided by AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible is CoWC Moodle

The accessibility of Moodle is considered at two levels.

⬤ System level issues

The Moodle platform is a complex system with many bespoke and customised parts. Its code is always evolving. From time to time, new modules (e.g. plugins, code patches) are added to the system and others are removed.

The Moodle development community supported by the Moodle Accessibility Collaboration Group maintains a detailed list of known accessibility bugs and issues and issues with the Moodle system.  This is subject to continuous change and updating and we will regularly update this accessibility statement to include up to date information.

⬤ Content Level issues

Academic teams build the individual Faculty, Departmental, Programme and Unit areas and create and upload teaching, learning and assessment resources to them e.g. Lecture Slides and Notes, Assignment briefs, Audio and Video resources.  Although our aim is for teaching, learning and assessment resources built in and/or uploaded to Moodle to be fully accessible to all users, it is not possible to guarantee this.

Consequently, it is impossible to say with 100% confidence if every part of CoWC Moodle is accessible or not. In this respect, accessibility is not a state, it is a process of continuous improvement in response to our users and the wider technical environment.

We do know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible, but we are working very hard to improve things.  At the time the writing, we consider that the following system and content issues are of greatest impact.

Navigating Moodle and its content

⬤ Navigation using Headings
⬤ Navigation by Links

Navigation by Keyboard

Viewing Moodle pages

Moodle theme in general has good contrast between foreground and background colours.

⬤ Listening to content
⬤ Other known issues

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information\resources on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille you can contact us in the following ways:

We will forward your message to the appropriate department or member of staff who will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

If you wish to speak to someone by phone or visit us in person in relation to an accessibility issue covered in the Accessibility Regulations, you can:

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment. Our reception areas have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit, we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

If you can’t view the map on our ‘Contact Us’ page, Email or Call us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the Accessibility Regulations, contact: digital-accessibility@wolvcoll.ac.uk

We will forward your message to the appropriate department or member of staff who will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

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 this website’s accessibility

City of Wolverhampton College is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (AA Standard), due to the non-compliances listed below.

Issues with the Moodle system

The Moodle development community supported by the Moodle Accessibility Collaboration Group maintains a detailed list of known accessibility bugs and issues with the Moodle system.  This is subject to continuous change and updating.

The issues that we believe have the greatest impact upon users are listed in System level issues section above. Members of the ICT Services and Quality, who are responsible for CoWC Moodle, have joined the Moodle Accessibility Collaboration Group. We are lobbying the Moodle developers to address these issues as soon as possible.

⬤ Archived/legacy Moodle areas and content

The Accessibility Regulations don’t require us to fix Moodle area content including Word, PowerPoint and PDF, documents published before 23 September 2019 if they’re not essential to providing our services.  Consequently, although we will still make Moodle areas for previous academic years available to students, we will not retrospectively fix accessibility issues, but we will address specific issues on request.

We will focus our efforts on ensuring that Moodle and new content, created in and uploaded to it, is as accessible as possible going forward.

Issues with Moodle areas and content

⬤ Issues with text

These issues will be addressed through a combination of provision of enhanced guidance, staff training, provision of and increased use of Moodle area accessibility checklists and regular audits of Moodle areas via Blackboard Ally.

Issues relating to the availability of accessible learning, teaching and assessment content within Moodle should be raised first with the teaching team responsible for the Moodle area.  If you continue to experience issues, you should contact digital-accessibility@wolvcoll.ac.uk.

⬤ Issues with images, video and audio

These issues will be addressed through a combination of provision of enhanced guidance, staff training, provision of and increased use of Moodle area accessibility checklists and regular audits of Moodle areas.

For audio and video materials created with and/or uploaded to Planet eStream video streaming service closed captions and transcripts can be requested.  Teaching teams will be encouraged to utilise Microsoft Stream to automate closed captions wherever possible for audio and video resources used in teaching, learning and assessment.

We don’t plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the Accessibility Regulations.

⬤ Issues with content in documents e.g. PowerPoint, Word and PDF

Some PowerPoint, Word and PDF documents that are essential to learning, teaching and assessment may not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up, so they are accessible to a screen reader.

These issues will be addressed through a combination of provision of enhanced guidance, staff training, provision of accessible document templates (e.g. an accessible Assignment brief template in Word, an accessible PowerPoint slide template) provision of and increased use of Moodle area accessibility checklists and regular audits of Moodle areas.

Issues relating to the availability of accessible learning, teaching and assessment documents within Moodle should be raised first with the teaching team responsible for the Moodle area.  If you continue to experience issues, you should contact digital-accessibility@wolvcoll.ac.uk.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17 Feb 2020. It was last reviewed on 07 July 2020.

This website was last tested on 07 July 2020. The test was carried out by City of Wolverhampton College.

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