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Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society

With a better understanding of users' needs, technologies can be developed to be accessible & provide a more inclusive environment

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society

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Why join the course?

This course will help you to understand how those with sensory, physical and cognitive impairments may be disabled by barriers encountered when using digital technologies. The course will highlight how the use of accessible and inclusive design can help overcome many of these difficulties.

Why should we care about digital accessibility?

With a better understanding of users’ needs, technologies can be developed to be both accessible and meet legal requirements to provide a more inclusive environment.

On this course, you will discover how you can make an important difference to the lives of anyone who is elderly or has a disability. It is suitable for:

  • web development, design or marketing professionals, or anyone who creates content or specifies, designs, builds, tests, evaluates, uses or buys technology;

  • employers, who can discover how accessible technologies can increase the market for their products or services, or enhance the productivity of their employees;

  • and disabled and elderly people, who want to understand why some technologies may be causing problems, and how it is possible to help others understand these problems.

You will learn how technology can help at home, study or work if you or somebody you care about becomes ill or is disabled.

Learn with digital accessibility experts from across Europe

The course is led by Professor Mike Wald of the ECS Accessibility team at the University of Southampton, and supported by members of the Erasmus+ MOOC Accessibility Partnership.

By joining the course, you will have a unique opportunity to benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of accessibility experts from eight universities across Europe, as well as the personal experiences of disabled or elderly people.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is digital accessibility?
  • Digital accessibility and business
  • Relationship between ‘usability’, ‘accessibility’ and ‘user experience’
  • Challenges and barriers met by disabled people
  • Video and audio barriers and subtitles, captioning and audio description
  • Desktop, laptop, mobile and self-service terminal accessibility
  • Creating, checking and evaluating document, web and self-service terminal accessibility
  • Input and output devices e.g. screen reader, Braille, switch access technologies
  • Digital and web accessibility guidelines, standards and principles of Universal Design

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the challenges and barriers met by disabled people in everyday life
  • Describe the relationship between ‘usability’, ‘accessibility’ and ‘user experience’
  • Identify a range of technologies that can help make desktops, laptops and mobile devices accessible e.g. screen readers, switch access technologies, speech input and braille input
  • Explore how to create video captions and experience screen reader technology
  • Apply Accessibility Guidelines in creating accessible documents and web content
  • Use document and web accessibility audits and testing to identify violations of accessibility guidelines

Who is the course for?

Everyone is welcome to take this course, and no previous knowledge is required or assumed

What do people say about this course?

In the first two weeks of this E-learning program I learned a lot of differtent things: Most of all it was important for me to get an authentic overview of challenges, people with a handicap have to face in their everyday life. Additionally I recognized how helpful some of the tools, recommended on this website are for everybody. Facilitations always make sense! I didn't understand everything about the software chapter as it was very technical but I still did learn something as I had no Idea about similar things before. Obviously the definitions explained in the program were more easy to understand thanks to the explaining videos which I would like to praise anyway. All in all it was fun going through the first weeks of this E-learning program and I'm looking forward for the ones following.

Samira Beusch

Who will you learn with?

Mike Wald

I am a Professor at the University of Southampton leading research and teaching about digital accessibility and advising universities and government organisations about inclusive learning and teaching

E.A. Draffan

Senior Research Fellow and member of the ECS Accessibility Team. A Speech and Language Therapist with interests in Assistive Technologies and digital accessibility supporting those with disabilities.

Abi James

I am research fellow with the ECS Accessibility Team focusing on how to improve accessibility and usability of digital tools for students with disabilities.

Who developed the course?

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

MOOCAP is a European Project whose name stands for “MOOCs for Accessibility Partnership”. The goal of the project is to provide education on accessible design in ICT.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $84 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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