Digital Accessibility in higher education refers to a set of practices that ensure online learning content is accessible to all the users. It improves the site experience of the learners and educators by providing the customise accessibility options to suit their individual needs.

Digital Accessibility is necessary because it:

  • Promotes inclusive learning practices.

  • Ensures Users can create, communicate, learn and collaborate without any barriers.

  • Provides alternative options to access the content, which can increase student engagement.

  • Encourages faculty to be mindful of the needs of the diverse group of learners while preparing the lectures.

access & use accessibility features

Find out how to access and use the accessibility features on: 

Make your content accessible

Find out how to make (author) content accessible using the following tools:

  • Blackboard Ally is a tool that staff can use to make their module content in Blackboard accessible to all users. It does this by automatically scanning course content and providing accessibility scores and feedback on how to improve the accessibility of the content, as well as generating alternative accessible formats for uploaded files that students can download for their personal use.

  • PDF( Acrobat)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Videos for PowerPoint

  • Microsoft Word

Training and Support

Other Resources

Learning Innovation and Digital Engagement (LIDE) Team is committed to promoting inclusive digital learning practices at the University of Westminster. Contact us to share feedback regarding the accessibility features of learning tools.

Further guide on using your own device to make your mobile technology work smarter

Disability Learning Support: If you need further assistance, contact the Disability Learning Support Team. They have appointed Disability Advisers and Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). Advisers are available to help you, as well as Disability Tutors at each campus who can answer questions related to your course. Each library also has a Disability Support Representative.

Understanding new accessibility requirements: New regulations from the government mean public sector organisations have a legal duty to make sure websites and apps meet accessibility requirements. 

Last Updated July/2021

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