If you have editing permission on a Moodle course (as a Module leader or co-teacher), you have more options to view accessibility scores and reports using Accessible Formats Ally. There are ‘gauges’ icons that appear next to resources that link to feedback resources and a full report available in the Contextual navigation of a course. These will help you to make any changes necessary to meet the accessibility regulations (a legal requirement).
For more information or individual support, please contact: email@example.com.
How do I use ‘gauges’ icons?
These icons, in the shape of a fuel gauge, show you at a glance whether a file or other resource is accessible. These gauges also appear next to any images you include on the course. An accessible resource will have a green ‘full’ gauge and a resource that needs more work will be either orange or red and show as less ‘full’.
Blackboard, the provider of Alternative Formats Ally, has further guidance on accessibility scores, an except is included below.
Low (0-33%): Needs help! There are severe accessibility issues.
Medium (34-66%): A little better. The file is somewhat accessibile and needs improvement.
High (67-99%): Almost there. The file is accessibile but more improvements are possible.
Perfect (100%): Perfect! Ally didn’t identify any accessibility issues but further improvements may still be possible.
What happens when I click on the ‘gauges’ icons?
Clicking on this icon will open a side panel that includes feedback which explains the score, gives guidance on how to increase your score, and if possible will allow you to apply a fix directly from the panel.
What kind of ‘fixes’ and suggestions are included with the feedback?
Alternative Formats Ally will identify and offer feedback on a number of key common errors. The Feedback Panel includes a preview of the document (if possible) and highlights any errors, such as highlighting images that are missing alternative text.
The following fixes are some of the most common you’ll see in the feedback panel:
- Images without alternative text (i.e. a description of the image).
- Scanned PDFs that cannot be read by a screen reader.
- Text that has insufficient contrast (i.e. does not meet minimum requirements for accessible colour contrast. You can check the contrast using the WebAIM contrast checker).
- Tables that do not have header rows.