Moodle Accessibility – Tip #9: Hyperlinks

#9 HyperLinks

Hyperlink

When linking to outside sites and pages, you should be creating links to these sites that are easy to navigate. Screen readers read every single word on the page, so including a long hyper-link, for instance this link to an article from one of the on-line databases http://csc-proxy.libraries.vsc.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.csc-proxy.libraries.vsc.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,url,uid&db=ehh&AN=117537144&site=ehost-live&scope=site would all be read by a screen reader. Unless the url is short, avoid using them to link to web-sites.

Conversely, short, non-descriptive terms, such as “Click Here,” “Here,” “More,” and “More Information” are also not useful terms for clickable links.
Instead, you should create descriptive words that explain what the link is or where it is going. The name of the web-site or article title are usually a safe bet.
Integrating Technology in Today’s Undergraduate Classrooms article.

Adding Hyperlinks

To add a Hyperlink, follow these steps.
Open your Moodle course.
Turn Editing on.
Anytime you have the opportunity to add text to Moodle – think weekly summaries, labels, assignments and discussion forms – you should have ability to add a Hyperlink.
Locate the bar tool bar, just above your text. It should have one row of icons.
Hyperlinking tools are the 7th, 8th and 9th icons. hat says shows three dots and lines, allows you to make bullet points.

  • The first, chain icon, allows you to hyperlink
  • The second, broken chain, allows you to remove a hyperlink
  • The final, chain with an x, prevents auto linking on text

To create or edit a hyperlink write some text in the text box, then highlight the text you want to link.
Click the chain icon. The hyperlinking icons are only active when you have text highlighted.)

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Paste or type the url into the Link Url box.
Press Insert.

You can also choose URL as an option when choosing from the Add Activity or Resource list.  

Moodle Accessibility – Tip #8: Images

#8 Image Basics

Images

When posting images, include an alt-image tag to help students with visual impairments. You can set an alt-image tag when posting images by filling out the Image description box. An alt-image tag should convey enough information so that a user can understand what the image is meant to convey without being overly wordy.

This website has some great information on creating image tags.
http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/#basics

Adding Image Tags

To use bullets, follow these steps.
Open your Moodle course.
Turn Editing on.
Add a photo by clicking to the Insert/edit image icon (the one in the top row that looks like a mountain with the sun).

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Click where it says Find or upload an image.
Fill in the section that says Image description.
Click on Insert.

Moodle Accessibility – Tip #7: Bullets

#7 Bullet Your Lists

When creating lists of information for students, use bullet points or numbered lists using the text tools. I know some people are cringing already. Screen readers won’t identify information as being in a list, leaving students who rely on these tools to access information lost or confused.

Headings

To use bullets, follow these steps.
Open your Moodle course.
Turn Editing on.
Anytime you have the opportunity to add text to Moodle – think weekly summaries, labels, assignments and discussion forms – you should have ability to add bullets.
Locate the bar tool bar, just above your text. It should have one row of icons.
The fifth image, that says shows three dots and lines, allows you to make bullet points.
Put the cursor before the line you need to bullet point. Consecutive lines will be bulleted.
A double enter will stop bullet points from being created.

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Moodle Accessibility – Tip #6: Headings

#6 Use Headings to Your Advantage

To help screen readers navigate your content more easily, you should use headings to organize and identify your text. Use Heading 1 for the primary title and include one for every page. Use further headings in descending order for groups of information (don’t skip from Heading 1 to Heading 3). The main body text should be set to paragraph.

Headings

To change your font, use the following steps.
Open your Moodle course.
Turn Editing on.
Anytime you have the opportunity to add text to Moodle – think weekly summaries, labels, assignments and discussion forms – you should have ability to adjust your headings.
Locate the bar tool bar, just above your text. It should have one row of icons.
The second image, that says Paragraph, allows you to change the headings by clicking the down arrow to the right.
Make sure you highlight your text before you try to change the font.

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