Making media and images within assessments more accessible
Posted by Noel Thethy
This post is part of the accessibility series I am running. We will look at using media and images in questions and how to ensure these are accessible.
A number of media files can be included in a question/assessment. However, if you are interested in producing accessible assessments you should consider the following:
- Ensure color is not the only way to distinguish among different pieces of stimulus or answers. Common forms of color blindness (affecting up to 5% of the population) could make answering questions difficult. You should, where possible, change how the information is portrayed or include other indicators.
- If you are using Adobe Flash media, make sure that it has been created in an accessible fashion. Refer to the Adobe guidelines for Flash and Captivate.
- If you are using video or audio in a question you should include a transcript. You can include a transcript in several ways:
- Link to a document that includes a transcript (Remember if you are including the transcript as a PDF you should also make sure this is accessible as well. See the Adobe guideline here)
- Embed a YouTube video, using the Closed Caption feature to include subtitles of any dialog in the video.Provide a video transcript within an assessment, using Questionmark’s Side-By-Side template.
(My advice and recommendations may or may not be suitable for your particular situation, so be sure to take into account your organization’s accepted practices and pedagogy.)