Web accessibility and student work instruction

Instruction statement

To ensure the accessibility of student work when it is used for official purposes by the University.

Exclusions

This instruction does not apply to:

  • websites that have no relationship to RMIT (for example, personal or private sites)
  • web authoring tools not provided or supported by the University
  • student work used for an online showcase
  • academic research or experimental works not used for official purposes by the University
  • courseware that cannot be reasonably supplied in accessible formats, such as simulation tools. In this case the educational designer and academic coordinate alternatives with the Disability Liaison Unit as required

Instruction steps and actions

Commissioning student work

When commissioning work from students to be used for official University purposes, the commissioning staff member

Must:

  • Make students aware of the University’s standards for accessible design
  • Ensure the work meets the required standard before publishing online by engaging a web or multimedia specialist to evaluate the work using the Web Accessibility Evaluation Instruction and make or supervise any necessary changes.
  • Should:
  • Provide training in accessible design for the students involved in the project
  • Arrange for a web or multimedia specialist to mentor and/or supervise the work produced by students.

Official use of previously created student work

When previously-created student work is subsequently selected for official use by the University, the work must be evaluated by a web or multimedia specialist using the Web Accessibility Evaluation Instruction. Any necessary changes must be made before the work is published online.

Web or multimedia work published online as part of a showcase of student work does not need to comply with accessible design standards. However, staff responsible for teaching web or multimedia design should incorporate accessible design into the curriculum.

Use by other students in learning and teaching

When students create online resources (e.g. web pages, multimedia, blog posts, wiki content, YouTube movies) that other students must use in learning or teaching activities, the teaching staff must ensure that the resources are accessible, or provide an accessible alternative where needed.

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