Moodle Accessibility

Websites built with accessibility in mind are more likely to meet different user needs, preferences and situations. Creating accessible content increases usability for everyone and leads to learning resources that work for all students.

Guidance for all users


Accessibility tools within Moodle

Moodle features an accessibility block and the accessibility ATbar. These tools allow users to personalise the appearance of Moodle to suit their own needs. Personalisation options include, among many others, font and background colours, font size, spelling checker, and text to speech. These settings can be saved for future visits.

The following video provides a summary of some of the most useful accessibility features:


Browser options
Increasing text size by zooming in most browsers can be achieved by holding the CTRL key whilst pressing the + key (the - key will reduced the size).

Here are some more browser specific accessibility help guides:


Standards compliance
Our aim is for all Moodle pages to comply with priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

We are striving towards validating all pages as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, whilst using structured semantic markup, with CSS 2.1 for page design.


Guidance for staff content creators


Specific accessibility considerations for Online Course Developers & academics

The Moodle Content Guide produced by the Technology Enhanced Learning team lays out help and advice for staff when creating online content. The Accessibility section of the guide contains practical considerations for staff when creating content for Moodle. https://moodle.port.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=516486&chapterid=92325

On 23 September 2018, the government brought the EU Web Accessibility Directive into law with a statutory instrument. This law is particularly relevant to VLE content creators. You can find more information about the directive here and it’s impact within Higher Education.

Free accessibility courses
The following free online courses would be particularly useful for Online Course Developers and academics wishing to explore themes and practical considerations when designing accessible web content.


If you would like further advice on creating accessible learning content or spot an accessibility issue which needs addressing please get in touch via email servicedesk@port.ac.uk or phone 023 9284 7777 and we’ll be happy to help. The Technology Enhanced Learning Team
Last modified: Monday, 15 October 2018, 12:43 PM