Did You Know? Blended learning content can be made more accessible to differently-abled students

There are currently 209* students at UWC, who have disclosed having a disability. These disabilities include being blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; mobility impaired; psychologically impaired; vertically challenged and several others.

Some students with disabilities make use of assistive technologies to give them access to online content. As a lecturer, it is therefore important to familiarise yourself with these technologies to ensure your content is accessible:

1) Do not embed text in an image or as a locked PDF; instead, upload Word files or unencrypted PDF files

2) Provide students with the same content in multiple formats such as, text, audio, and videos to cater to students with a range of disabilities and learning styles

3) When content is presented in video format, ensure that transcripts and subtitles accompany the video

 *This number is according to the records of the Office for Students with Disabilities at UWC

For further assistance in creating accessible online content, contact CIECT at: elearning@uwc.ac.za

**CIECT entails digital media facilities – in order to assist staff with creating audio-visual material for online and off-line purposes.

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