Many things influence the accessibility of a learning platform or virtual learning environment (VLE). It is not just about technology; the way you use it matters too.
Our blog post on accessible learning platforms looks at four key areas; users, resources, activities and browser choices.
It is important to have guidelines for the accessibility of content uploaded to the learning platform but it is equally important that these guidelines encourage (rather than discourage) people to create and use digital content.
We explore this further in our blog post: rich media on your VLE – an accessible policy?
Accessibility testing is key.
If you are incorporating interactivity into your VLE, have a look at the Web2Access website which gives more detailed testing protocols as well as test results for a selection of Web 2.0 tools used in education.