The LX.lab is excited to announce a new video series – Students Explain Digital Accessibility. In these videos, five UTS students – our Digital Accessibility Ambassadors – draw on their lived experiences of disability to explain what and why you need accessibility for your subject. These short videos focus on simple changes you can make in your practice to ensure that your learning and teaching is accessible for all students.
Find out how to implement these tips in the Make your subject accessible resource collection.
Meet the Students
In the first video, meet the students and find out why accessible content is critical for them.
Resource: LX Accessible Content Practices (nine tips to help you implement accessible content).
Learn from the students about the importance of subheadings, consistent formatting and labelling and using in-built styles.
Resource: Content structure: accessible practice (you’ll also find demonstrations with assistive technology)
Find out what students think about the importance of clear and concise language.
Resource: Language: accessible practice
Alternative text or “alt text” is a way of describing images for people unable to see them. In this video students explain why it’s important.
Resource: Alternative text: accessible practice (you’ll also find demonstrations with assistive technology)
Captions and transcripts
In this video students explain how captions and transcripts can improve their learning experience.
In this video the students explain what we mean by “descriptive link text”.
Resource: Links: accessible practice
In this video, students explain why it’s important to be mindful when using colour to ensure all students can access information and are not overwhelmed.
Resource: Using colour: accessible practice (you’ll also find demonstrations with assistive technology).
The Digital Accessibility Ambassadors have also written blog posts sharing their personal experiences of study.
- ‘For me, accessibility adjustments equal success’, by Ashley
- Stop speaking into a black abyss, turn on your video, by Bettina
- To the student that’s hesitant to disclose, by Elham
- Create accessible and comfortable learning environments for accessibility students, by Jatin
- Why inclusive environments are important for learning, by Jackson
We hope you find the videos useful and enjoy learning about these practices from students for whom they are critical. The LX.lab is grateful for the funding and support from the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion which enabled these videos, as well as the support and involvement of ITD.
If you are a UTS student seeking assistance with accessibility, please contact the Accessibility Service.