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Using Google Docs to create accessible resources

Posted on: February 2, 2010

I have just discovered a cute little tip for using Google Docs to create accessible learning resources!

Having collaborated with a colleague to create a how-to sheet, for a tutor wanting to know how to add a Hot Potatoes quiz with images to our VLE (Moodle), we discovered a good use for the alternative types of downloadable files.

Initially we were just going to save the file (which included screen grabs) as a PDF and upload to Moodle. However on noticing the “HTML (zipped)” option we decided to give that a try. It works really well!

The advantages in relation to accessibility are that the images are named so have alt text in the code generated (whatever they were named as individual files) which results in roll-over pop-ups. Also because it is HTML individuals viewing our VLE from a mobile device or games console for example will still be able to see the content, which would not be the case (generally) with PDF files.

Give it a try!

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4 Responses to "Using Google Docs to create accessible resources"

Great tip, yet another way to integrate Cloud based tools into the existing VLEs. Soon we will be using VLEs just for LMS/CMS purposes and cloud based tools for content creation/collaboration.

Cloud learning environment will see its rise.

Does your institution proivde students with Google Apps?

At the moment only staff have access but widening access to include students is definitely something I hope to be able to implement sooner rather than later – though there will be an increased training need from tutors who don’t know how to use it to work collaboratively with their learners or each other!

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