Department for Education and Skills (Df ES)
The Government has completed its consultation on its e-Learning Strategy
Full details can be found on their website: http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=conResults&consultationId=774&external=no&menu=3
Materials used in e-Learning can be designed to make them easy to use for a wide range of users. This is as much an issue of usability as accessibility. There are a range of simple techniques (such as using styles in a Word document) that make the end product much easier to navigate using devices such as screen-readers. The JISC TechDis Service (http://www.techdis.ac.uk) provide a series of guides and materials which you might find useful:
- Accessibility essentials guide for reading
This provides information about font colours and styles, enlarging text and navigating documents. It includes step by step instructions for Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat reader, and two common browsers: Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
- Writing accessible electronic documents with Microsoft Word
Provides information outlining techniques you can use when creating documents (such as using styles) to ensure the information is accessible.
- Creating accessible presentations
This document provides tips for making your Powerpoint presentations more accessible (such as using the Notes filed, as the main body of your presentation is often not available to screen-readers). It also provides advice for presenters (such as how to help lip-reading users follow your talk).
- Writing accessible electronic documents with Adobe Acrobat Professional
This document explains methods for making PDF files accessible.