At OpenLearning, accessibility is one of our design pillars as it is essential for our mission of scalable, equitable, and meaningful education. We strive to provide a platform for all course providers and learners.
We know that some parts of our platform aren't fully accessible just yet but we continue to expand the scope of accessible areas of the platform with every new feature and enhancement.
We are constantly updating our design and product development guidelines to meet accessibility best practice as we aim to ensure that we implement and ship features developed with accessibility in mind.
Currently, the platform's tools are designed to allow the authoring of fully accessible course content, activities, and social spaces for learners, but this ultimately relies on the design choices made by course providers. We’re committed to improving accessible design and have created a range of resources and processes to help our education partners to embrace accessibility best practices on the platform.
The OpenLearning web platform is Web Content Accessibility Guideline(WCAG) AA compliant in all areas of the platform that are essential for learners to complete their course work. This also includes being compatible with a range of assistive technologies.
We’ve also completed an accessibility audit with AccessibilityOz in 2018. Since then we have maintained a Google Lighthouse metrics score above 90 (recommended) for all types of pages inside courses that lear:)ners may engage with.
We are committed to making continuous improvements to align with the WCAG 2.1 AA standards.
Learn more about our compliance status here.
On any page in our platform, users can now select the tab button and a hidden dropdown menu will display in the upper left corner.* Users can use space (Mac) or enter (PC) and the up and down arrows to access the menu options. To select an option, users can select tab twice on Chrome, and once on other browsers.
On all pages, except for pages inside a course, the user will be able to skip to the Main content of the page and to the Sitemap by select tab twice on Chrome, and once on other browsers.
Once logged in to a course, the user will have two additional options in the skip links menu: Navigation menu and My Progress.
This improvement in navigation will help users, and especially learners, efficiently access the information they need to get to the most important work of the course: learning.
Users will be able to input accessible image descriptions, known as alternative text, in the following areas of the platform:
We are still improving our features but there are still a few areas that users cannot write alt-text for their images, and OpenLearning does not automatically generate alt-text.
Within courses, in Galleries, Posts, Chat and Feeds, the platform generated text, icons and components (like dropdown windows) will have a 4.5:1 contrast ratio by default. We updated our colour scheme in 2018 to achieve this.
Headings and links (when unselected) will now appear darker, often black-90 or black-80. Components, like the dropdown window in galleries, will contain darker text and the dropdown outline is darker. On hover we’ve elected to use Kelp.
Users will not be responsible for image responsiveness, instead, images will be responsive upon upload. The height field will be greyed out and the auto-size box in the Styles tab will be ticked by default. This is a big value-add to our users, who previously were either unaware that re-sizing wasn't happening automatically, resulting in a poor experience for students using mobile or were performing a variety of hacks every time they uploaded an image. This change will apply to all new images.
We have since switched to using AblePlayer, a fully accessible, cross-browser, HTML5 media player.
It helps by supporting the following:
AblePlayer's own documentation gives many examples of different combinations of accessible content and what that looks like in AblePlayer: See AblePlayer examples
We want to improve accessibility beyond compliance, to make a real difference in the lives of our users. While we have done our best to keep up with current standards, this does not always mean we have reached our goal of a great experience for all our users.
If you find that we’re not meeting your accessibility needs, please contact us:
227 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000
+612 8294 9686
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59200 Kuala Lumpur
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