Thursday May 19th 2022 marks the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), and as part of our commitment to inclusive and accessible education, we are participating in the Blackboard Ally ‘Fix Your Content Day’.
On May 19th, we’ll be on a mission to fix as many accessibility issues with Minerva module files as we can. At the end of the day, the University with the most files fixed will be recognised and awarded a prize.
What is accessibility?
In terms of creating learning materials, it is making sure all students can benefit from the materials you have created. There are many low-effort adjustments you can make to content to start creating more accessible content.
How can I make my content more accessible?
Blackboard Ally is built into Minerva and helps staff understand the accessibility of files in their modules via simple green/red/amber indicators and helpful advice. For more information, read our Ally support guide. If you’ve not used Ally before, we’d recommend watching the 15 minute Ally video tutorial which shows you how to check the accessibility of your teaching material and find out more about how to fix the issues identified.
Getting involved in Fix your Content Day
You can get involved by setting aside some time on May 19th and start by clicking those red and amber Ally indicators in your modules to fix as many files as you can. If you’re just getting started or trying to make some quick fixes, choose the easiest issues to fix. You can also focus on your lowest scoring content and aim for impact. Or, you can focus on specific issues or tackle the most severe issues first.
Green is the goal, but improvement is what counts!
More information will follow on the support that will be available.