Make your Module accessible

Flier for the week, all information is in the blog post body.
Accessibility Amnesty Flyer

19th May 2022 is this year’s “Global Accessibility Awareness Day“, and Blackboard Ally are running “Fix Your Content Day” which we’ve signed up to.


Day (week beg 16/05)Drop insWorkshops
Monday10 – 11, 2 – 3x
Tuesday12 – 110 – 11
Wednesday3 – 410 – 11, 1 – 2
Thursday 11 – 12, 2 – 3x
Schedule for the Week.

Daily Drop-Ins

In order to help staff, we’re running daily “Accessibility Amnesty” drop-ins between Monday 16th May and Thursday 19th May. They’ll be hybrid, both in Eduzone, in the Main Library and online in Eduzone 2.0. You’ll find friendly members of CTIL to help you look at your Ally report for your module, and help you to understand what it means, and how to fix it.


We’re also running workshops, these are designed to help you ensure your content is accessible when you create it.

These are all online in Eduzone 2.0 – you may need to login to teams. All University of Dundee staff should have access to that team.

Video Accessibility

Tuesday 10-11am Online

This session is aimed primarily at academics, however as increasingly professional service staff are making and/or administering video content, they will also find it useful. The session will focus ensuring your teaching materials lend themselves to being captured for video, and the key processes during capture to ensure accessibility. We will also address closed captions and auto transcription in recordings – how improve their accuracy initially, and how to edit if required.

Accessibility: Getting the Basics Right

Wednesday 10-11am Online

This session is aimed at academic and professional services staff and is designed to raise awareness on accessibility issues. Find out how easy it is to use built-in accessibility checkers when authoring documents and use the tools to produce more readable, usable content for all students in My Dundee.

Creating Accessible Content

Wednesday 1-2 online

This session is aimed at any staff member who creates digital content, whether that’s for a document, presentation, email, or web page. Learn more about the different types of disabilities and impairments your audience may have and what adaptations they might make to better access and understand your content. You will come away with an understanding of how to create accessible content thanks to practical tips on effective use of headings, text formatting, links, tables, and descriptive alt text for images, graphs, charts and diagrams. We will also spend some time looking at PDF accessibility.


  1. To help you prepare for the GAAD, we’ll be commenting on here with some “Tippy’s” to help you get your Module accessible.
    Use Heading Styles
    Heading styles are in-built formatting options that will format your text for you and provide an underlying structure to your document or webpage. Using these heading styles will not only save you time and effort, but also has hidden accessibility benefits.
    For more information see Tippy’s post on using heading styles in MS Word.

  2. Tippy 3:
    Customise your Cursor
    You can customise your cursor to improve the experience for your audience when presenting online or creating video content. You should consider:
    The appearance of the content on display.
    Will the background be dark, light, detailed or plain? Will your cursor be to identifiable?
    The needs of your audience.
    Will your audience be far away from the screen? Will they be watching on a mobile device?
    Find out how to customise your cursor.

  3. Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day!
    Here’s Tippy 4:
    For your content to be more easily perceivable it is important to consider colour contrast particularly between backgrounds and text. For colours to have sufficient contrast they should not just vary in hue (e.g. blue, red or green), there should be a significant difference in tone (e.g. light or dark).
    Find out how to Design your content with Sufficient Colour Contrast

  4. And a final Tippy –
    Adding Effective Hyperlinks to your Content
    Effective hyperlinks should convey the destination or purpose of links in way that is accessible. Link text should be descriptive, avoid using ‘this’, ‘here’ or URLs. Hyperlinks should be underlined and highlighted using a colour that contrasts with surrounding text.
    Here’s the link to the Tippy
    A huge thanks to LJ Logue (SSEN/CTIL) for creating all of these.

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