Accessibility Standards

information taken directly from the E-Standards for Training website
http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/research/accessibility.php

Accessibility

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web.
More specifically, web accessibility means that people regardless of disability can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web.
Using web accessibility principles benefits all users because it requires that web content and software is flexible enough to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations.

The Australian Government has endorsed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 for all government websites: Australian Government - Web Guide - Accessibility (Opens in new window). This requirement supersedes the previous mandate for compliance with WCAG 1.0.



Digital Video

There is increasing demand for video content in VET e-learning delivery, driven by various factors including improved capabilities of mobile devices, and the desire to make e-learning content more engaging for learners. The National Broadband Network is also expected to drive the use of video content for VET e-learning.
Research on this topic was initiated in 2011 with the aim of providing e-learning content developers and teachers more guidance about creating and delivering content for learners to ensure it can be utilised by the widest number of learners across various platforms and devices.

E-standards research

In 2011, the E-standards Expert Group commissioned research on the topic of digital video content to improve the VET e-standards recommendations on the topic, resulting in a technical report and a set of principles for using digital content:
The E-standards Expert Group continues to monitor the topic and will review the VET e-standards annually, including recommended video standards. A set of principles for Digital Video content was published in 2011 following the release of the research report.


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