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Inclusive Learning with Microsoft Accessibility Tools

Discover the different accessibility tools within Office 365 and Windows to help you support learners with a range of needs.

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Learn how to use accessibility tools to create an inclusive learning environment

Integrating accessibility and inclusivity into your teaching practices is crucial if you want to ensure all learners are supported, no matter what their needs.

On this four-week course, you’ll discover the accessibility tools within Office 365 and Windows to help your students access learning more effectively.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to improve your current inclusivity practices, learn how to check the accessibility of documents, and produce new resources that are inclusive for all learners.

Delve into the uses of accessibility tools including Immersive Reader

You’ll examine a range of accessibility tools within Office 365 to help students who need support with reading, writing, vision, and hearing.

Exploring Reader, Live Captions, and Office Lens, you’ll understand how to access these powerful tools and how to use them in a range of contexts to support learners with various accessibility needs.

Ensure your teaching practices are inclusive and accessible

This course will help you develop in your role as an educator and ensure students can access your learning materials in a way that is tailored to their specific needs.

Learning from the experts at Tablet Academy, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge of how to make your resources more inclusive and have the opportunity to discuss these findings with your peers.


  • Week 1

    Immersive Reader & Live Captions

    • Immersive Reader

      The Immersive Reader is a free tool built into the Edge browser that includes several features to enhance accessibility and improve reading and writing for people regardless of their ability or age.

    • Live Captions

      Live captions can help make Teams Meetings and PowerPoint presentations even more inclusive to participants and viewers who maybe deaf or hard-of-hearing. It can also benefit those with different levels of language proficiency.

    • Checkpoint

      This quiz will check your knowledge of the content covered in this week.

  • Week 2

    Accessibility Checker & Office Lens

    • Accessibility Checker

      Unlock your content for everyone. Many Microsoft 365 apps include an Accessibility Checker that finds accessibility problems and lists suggestions.

    • Office Lens

      Save time capturing notes and information from whiteboards, menus, signs, handwritten memos, or anything with a lot of text by using Office Lens.

    • Checkpoint

      This quiz will check your knowledge of the content covered in this week.

  • Week 3


    • Dictation

      You can use the Dictation tool in Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.

    • Checkpoint

      This quiz will check your knowledge of the content covered in this week.

    • Course Wrap-Up

      In the final activity of this course you will read a summary of the course and complete a reflection on what you have learned which will be peer-reviewed by other learners.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Discuss with your peers how to make learning more inclusive
  • Improve current practices around checking the accessibility of documents
  • Produce new resources that are inclusive for all learners
  • Identify the core features within the Office 365 suite that enhance accessibility for users
  • Demonstrate how Dictation tools can be used in a range of different contexts to support learning
  • Explain what Immersive Reader is, how to access it and how it can be used to support learning

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers who want to ensure their teaching practices are inclusive for learners of all needs.

You should have some experience of teaching students but no prior knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 is required.

Who developed the course?

Tablet Academy

Tablet Academy (TA) is a recognised Google for Education Partner and Microsoft in Education Global Training Partner with expertise throughout UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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