Web accessibility, WCAG and ADA Compliance  for Moodle

Moodle is an open-source, learning platform built for educators, administrators, and learners. It uses a robust, secure, and integrated system to create customized learning environments at the academic and enterprise levels. 

Moodle hosts a user-friendly interface of drag-and-drop features and offers well-documented, detailed resources alongside ongoing usability improvements that allow any user to become accustomed to the software. Multilingual capabilities are built into the platform and allow users to choose the language they’re most comfortable learning. 

The accessibility efforts made with Moodle are acknowledgeable; while the platform’s goal is to be fully accessible and usable for all users regardless of ability with its built-in capabilities, it’s no stranger to occasional bugs or issues. 

Due to the always-changing nature of conformance standards, Moodle is aware that it is impossible to say with 100% certainty whether its platform or any site based on Moodle is absolutely accessible. And, full WCAG 2.1 level AA compliance is an extensive process that needs code revision, adjustment, and maintenance, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

Therefore, a solution like accessWidget can help sustain accessibility and maintain it automatically, mitigating the concern that Moodle is up-to-date and aligned with regulations or standards.

The importance of an accessible Moodle website

15% of the world’s population has some sort of disability. That means that an inaccessible website denies people with disabilities the equal access necessary to learn or teach online. If you’re using Moodle, chances are your aim is to either educate the public or receive an education, and the disability community deserves to experience what an e-learning platform has to offer barrier-free. Simply put, accessibility will make the world a more inclusive place. 

It is important to note that websites that fail to comply with the WCAG 2.1 at the AA level are left vulnerable to litigation, especially since the recent DOJ update that websites are considered places of public accommodations was clarified.

Using accessiBe with Moodle

With accessiBe, Moodle users don’t have to choose between beauty and accessibility. accessiBe’s AI-driven and automated solution makes existing websites ADA-compliant by remediating the website’s code according to WCAG 2.1 level AA guidelines. accessiBe’s solution is session-based, meaning only those with disabilities will see adjusted design elements, leaving your design completely intact.