We all want our Moodle to be universally cherished and accessed, but we also know there are groups of people with unique needs, for whom the out-of-the-box system simply will not do. This puts us in a predicament, especially when the organization does not have resources to spare. How do we sort out these kinds of situations? Victoria Fox, K-12 Product Marketing Specialist for Blackboard, has some words of advice, which she recently shared on the company blog.
- First of all, if you can, do not delay the decision to make your LMS accessible. Coffee shops might offer Wi-Fi, magazines, umbrellas, stalls, and other things only some customers might use, but probably all will notice if they are missing. In this case, lacking key features could be seen as “disrespectful” by the whole community.
- Work on solutions directly with the subject population. You might be surprised by how much you might be “aggrandizing” the cost of a few small adjustments to your system.
- Make it part of your value proposition. A true commitment to catering to every need can be part of a learning organization’s mission, and there’s nothing wrong with being forthright about it. Your competitor would be!
- Turn it into a community engagement initiative. With up to 1 out of every 5 people identifying with some form of disability that warrants a special access modification, there is a good likelihood someone in your extended community might benefit.
Last but not least, it’s worth pointing out that Moodle has often been on top of the Accessbility game, adopting standards early on and simplifying compatibility with supporting technologies.