Accessibility Series: Alternative Formats

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This post looks at the importance of alternative formats to make resources more accessible to students.

Alternative formats could be provided if there is no way to make a resource accessible to all potential students. Below are some examples of the alternative formats you may need to supply:

  • Microsoft Word versions of PDF documents.
  • Microsoft Word versions of PowerPoint presentations.
  • Alternative text of images, charts, graphs and tables provided in documents, presentations and VLE (Blackboard/Course Resources) content areas.
  • Transcripts for audio.
  • Closed captioning or transcripts for video content.
  • Audio descriptions for video content explaining the visual elements of a video.

More guidance on alternative formats is available from the Office for Disability Issues’ page on alternative formats.

The next blog post will look at the approaches you can use for evaluating the accessibility of your electronic learning materials.

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