eLearning modules for higher and further education institutions

Young man learning online looking at computer screen and wearing headphonesAre you seeking an online learning solution to provide accessibility guidance to your staff?

Created just for Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) institutions, AbilityNet's pair of online eLearning modules on digital accessibility enable you to do just that.

All UK public sector organisations have a legal obligation to meet a base level of accessibility (Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations). Our eLearning modules offer you a cost-effective solution to train your staff in accessibility dos and don'ts.


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Module 1: Introduction to accessible teaching and learning

An easy-to-consume training course that introduces university staff to the importance of digital accessibility.

Participants learn what accessibility is, why it is important and how they can play their part in creating a learning environment where nobody is excluded. 

What the course contains:

  • Introduction to assistive technologies, models of disability and impairment types​ 
  • Introduction to legislation​ 
  • Personal stories to articulate the ‘why’ of accessibility
  • Student case studies  
  • Introduction to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines​ 
  • Top tips on how to create accessible learning experiences​ 
  • Video demonstrations of  dos  and don’ts
  • Resources and tools that can help​ 
  • Tests to check learning

As a self-guided module, all staff can complete the course in their own time, at their own pace.

University of Westminster logoCase study: The University of Westminster

The University of Westminster has been using the Introduction to accessible teaching and learning module to educate its staff, and customised the course to include information specific to the institution. 

“The digital accessibility course really opened my eyes up to the importance of designing and creating content which can be used by everyone, regardless of what condition one might be experiencing. It taught me that removing as many barriers as possible proactively - rather than reactively - is what makes a great user experience for all” - feedback from staff learner.


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Module 2: Accessibility and Me: Lived experience mini modules series

A collection of shorter, person-centred mini modules which introduce staff to accessibility requirements, zoning in on key considerations for a range of disabilities and conditions. 

Designed for all staff, the mini modules serve not only to introduce concepts, but to act as an ongoing reference guide which can be amended should your staff disclose any additional difficulties or barriers you wish to address. 

The lived-experience stories are divided into broad impairment categories and highlight the considerations for teaching and learning and the impact that even small changes make. 

What the series contains:

  • Introduction – general overview and key considerations​ for delivering content online
  • Personal stories to articulate the ‘why’ of accessibility
  • Visual impairment​ 
  • Hearing Impairment​ 
  • Mental health concerns​ 
  • Physical Impairment​ 
  • Neurodivergence​ 
  • A summary of best practices
  • Video demonstrations of  dos  and don’ts
  • Tests to check learning

New modules - Accessible Content with Office 365, PDF Accessibility and more

We have additional eLearning modules within our Accessible Workplace eLearning options - get in touch to discuss these courses.

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University of Derby logoCase study: The University of Derby

The University of Derby has been using the Accessibility and Me series of courses. Some staff shared this feedback:

“This was a really great training session. I am not very confident with technology but found that everything was explained so I could understand it.” 
“It was a brilliant course, in particular the case studies giving someone else['s] view of how something is a barrier for them and why, but also the alternatives we could do to support them.” 

Contact our accessibility experts

We offer tailored accessibility and usability support to higher education institutions, to help you ensure your website, apps and other digital services are usable, accessible and comply with UK accessibility regulations. Talk to us about your project.

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Birmingham City University logo - showing a lion illustrationCase study: Birmingham City University eLearning accessibility module feedback
“I've done the Accessibility course and a couple of AbilityNet courses on accessible videos and PDFs. It's changed the way I work - I'm thinking about accessibility needs as I create a document, video or piece of eLearning.”

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