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Be confident that your teaching is accessible

Published: 20 May 2020 at 11:58

As the World celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday 21 May, colleagues are encouraged to ensure their teaching sessions and resources are fully accessible for online, face-to-face and blended learning.

Whether it’s offering short captioned webinar recordings, narrated PowerPoints or using accessible document templates, our efforts are crucial for supporting our learners in maximising their academic potential.

Accessibility is an integral part of our inclusive approach to teaching, assessment and student support at ARU and is captured in our Inclusive and Accessible Learning Materials Policy and Implementation Plan.  The importance of this ongoing work has been further highlighted by the requirement to ensure that all of our online teaching materials and resources comply with Government’s Accessibility Regulations.

Anglia Learning & Teaching (AL&T) provides a range of resources and development opportunities help you embed ‘accessibility’ into your practice.

Additional access issues affecting many students include having the appropriate technology and confident digital skills, as well as the added pressures of finding time and suitable learning space while also balancing caring responsibilities. For support in adapting to these challenges and to online teaching, visit the Canvas support site: Moving your teaching and assessment online for guidance.

The Inclusive learning and teaching webpage links to policy, templates and guides to support you in developing accessible learning materials and classroom practice.