Accessible Digital Tools
Accessible digital tools follow similar rules as website content because after all, they’re also content that people use a screen to interact with. It’s crucial that programs choose partners who are committed to accessibility standards to ensure a good experience for all students.
How to make sure your digital solutions are accessible
The easiest thing you can do is ask your existing and prospective software vendors how they approach accessibility. Make sure they meet WCAG 2.1 AA and are committed to designing for all of your users.
For prospective vendors, take a test drive of their software systems. Ask yourself how easy it is to use. Designing for accessibility means intuitive design, which makes for a better experience for all users.
It’s crucial to choose a partner that designs with accessibility in mind. It’s not just about the student experience though that is the most important factor. If your program chooses a software vendor who does not meet web accessibility standards, you risk losing students and could face legal challenges.
How digital solutions can enhance accessibility
Too often accessibility standards fall into a list that has to be checked off. But when we design software with accessibility in mind from the start, the whole product gets better and every user benefits.
Going digital also allows programs to open up their geographic footprint. Online learning is now a real, valuable option. It doesn’t replace all of the benefits of face-to-face instruction but it can open new educational doors for people who previously had none.
Digital tools, like Tevera, can also solve some of the most challenging obstacles facing field experiences and internships by eliminating communication barriers and allowing programs and sites to build unique opportunities for their students that simply weren’t possible before the internet.
Simplicity is at the heart of good design and it’s at the center of accessibility. So as long as programs choose software partners who focus on accessibility, the user experience for students, faculty, and supervisors is enhanced.