VLE Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the DigiSkillScotland VLE run jointly by Dumfries & Galloway College and Borders College. www.digiskillscotland.com/moodle/

The VLE is run by Dumfries and Galloway College and Borders College on Moodle. We are committed to making the VLE as easy to use for as many people as possible, for any disability.

We are currently in the process of testing the VLE for accessibility issues and evaluating the learning materials provided. Where we find we are not compliant we will work towards making it compliant.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. You can also contact either the Dumfries and Galloway College Student Advisory Service via studentadvisor@dumgal.ac.uk or the Borders College Student Advisor Service via telephone: 01896 662516 or email : studentwelfare@borderscollege.ac.uk or via text : 07788 320 294.

How accessible the VLE is

We know some parts of the VLE are not fully accessible:

  • Some of the learning materials are contained in older PDFs which are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • You can only change the contrast of the page using a browser plugin like the High Contrast Plugin for Google Chrome.
  • Some live video streams do not have captions.
  • Some of our older videos may not be captioned.
  • Some third party content e.g. genial.ly may not work well with screen readers and may not be compliant.

Third Party Content and How Accessible they are.

Both colleges use a variety of third party software to support Students Learning including:

Feedback and contact information

We are committed to making our content and Learning Materials as accessible as possible. If you do experience any difficulties navigating our VLE, learning materials or any of our other digital services please do get in touch so we can work towards improving these areas.

If you need information or learning materials in a different format like an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille contact the course provider via the following details:

Dumfries and Galloway College

Borders College

For further information please contact our Equalities Officer: abrydon@borderscollege.ac.uk or call 08700 50 51 52.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as quickly as we can.

Reporting accessibility problems with the VLE

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of the VLE. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: yourfuture@dumgal.ac.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Dumfries and Galloway College provides a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment and you can use the free Contact Scotland BSL Service – www.contactscotland-bsl.org

Dumfries and Galloway College students can also contact the Student Advisors via studentadviser@dumgal.ac.uk so we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or other appropriate support.

We would also recommend that Dumfries and Galloway College Students contact the Student Advisors via studentadviser@dumgal.ac.uk if help is required with a disability.

Borders College Students

For further information please contact our Equalities Officer: abrydon@borderscollege.ac.uk or call 08700 50 51 52.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Dumfries and Galloway College and Borders College are committed to making all their websites and apps accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

The VLE is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

When navigating a course using the grid theme via keyboard or Screen reader it sometimes skips ahead several sections. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.3.2 (Meaningful Sequence)

Some of our existing documents have diagrams that do not have a text alternative. The information in these diagrams is not available to people using a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Some of our documents have diagrams that do not meet the colour contrast ratio of at least 3:1. These diagrams may be difficult to see or missed by people with a visual impairment. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.11 (non-text contrast).

Some of our documents have diagrams that use colour as the only means of conveying information. The information in these diagrams may not be perceived by users with colour deficiencies. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 (use of colour).

Some of our documents are published in unstructured PDF. Headings, list items and paragraphs may not be recognised by a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Some of our spreadsheets may not be clearly structured with labelled tables and labelled headings. Columns headings may be blank. Workbooks tabs may not have a clear title. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Some of our documents are published using tables to lay out text in columns on the page. This often hides content from the navigation pane or table of contents. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels) or success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Learning materials for active courses are currently being reviewed and updated to meet accessibility guidelines.

When we publish new documents we aim to make sure they are accessible and meet the new accessibility guidelines.

Disproportionate burden

Our VLE contains some PDFs and other documents created in previous years.

Where these PDFs are no longer being updated, we do not intend to recreate them in accessible versions as this would be a disproportionate burden. The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. We will make sure any new documents are accessible and meet the guidelines.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We will add captions to any recordings of live video streams.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

Learning materials for current courses are currently being reviewed and where possible updated to meet accessibility guidelines.

We will update the VLE at an appropriate time to keep up to date with accessibility improvements introduced by Moodle.

We are reviewing the grid format and if necessary will replace it with a more accessible format for screen readers.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17th September 2020 It was last reviewed on 21st September 2020

This VLE was last tested on 21st. The test was carried out by Dumfries and Galloway College. We manually sampled and tested a sample of accessibility issues using the following methods: