This four-week intensive online course will help participants develop the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate websites, web content, and web applications for compliance with international web accessibility requirements. These requirements help ensure that people with disabilities are able to participate fully on the Web.
Module 1 An Overview of Web Accessibility
Unit 1 Aspects of Web Accessibility Auditing
Unit 2 Introduction to WCAG 2
Module 2 Automated and Manual Testing Strategies
Unit 3 Automated Review Tools
Unit 4 Manual Testing
Module 3 Assistive Technology and User testing
Unit 5 Assistive Technologies
Unit 6 Introduction to User Testing
Module 4 Web Accessibility Audit Reporting
Unit 7 Web Accessibility Reporting
Unit 8 Other Accessibility Standards
The course is made up of an Introductory Unit, plus 4 week-long modules consisting of 2 or 3 units on related topics. Each unit has a variety of readings, hands-on activities, and a short unmarked self-test. At the end of each module is a marked Module Quiz that counts toward the final mark.
Participants should be prepared to dedicate five to eight hours per week to maximize their learning experience in the course.
Though there are no prerequisites for this course, in order to make the best out of their learning experience, it is recommended that participants have:
- Some previous familiarity with WCAG 2.0
- Working knowledge of HTML
Participants who successfully complete the four required course assessments and participate in all course activities will receive a digital badge.
By the time you complete this course, you should be able to:
- Create an accessibility auditing toolkit.
- Identify and apply key accessibility guidelines in WCAG 2.0.
- Retrieve WCAG 2.0's supporting documents when needed.
- Employ Web-based automated accessibility checkers.
- Measure and/or assess Web design elements such as colour contrast, readability, and others using a range of publicly available test tools.
- Test for accessibility using assistive technologies such as the JAWS and ChromeVox screen readers.
- Apply easy manual tests to quickly assess accessibility.
- Select an appropriate type of Web accessibility audit and corresponding reporting strategy aimed at the audience being served.
- Recognize relevant accessibility guidelines, standards and specifications and integrate these into accessibility review strategies based on international requirements.