Learnosity is committed to creating the best possible learning experience for all kinds of learners. That’s why we put accessibility at the very heart of development across our entire product suite.
While we are fully dedicated to inclusive design and all new work is developed with accessibility as a priority, we recognise that there are some legacy features that are yet to be fully accessible. We are working hard to make these features inclusive. Meanwhile, we are currently reviewing our platform and will aim to have a VPAT ready in 2020 to communicate where the gaps may be.
Going beyond the guidelines
We believe that all learners have the right to access educational experiences that help them reach their full potential. That’s why we work hard to ensure that all our products work perfectly for all our users.
We are guided by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 (level AA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, but try to go beyond them by truly empathizing with our users to build a fluid user experience for everyone. To help achieve this, we run sessions with users with various disabilities. These help better inform our development process and ensure that our technology overcomes as many potential obstacles to learning in the real world as possible.
Our product suite uses an accessible color palette that’s designed to meet the color contrast requirements for the vision impaired, allowing us to deliver a more engaging experience to all users. Text in our assessments meets a minimum color contrast ratio of 4.5:1.
In addition, we also ensure that no important information is conveyed solely through the use of color.
Users with motor or visual impairments often prefer keyboard navigation to other kinds. To facilitate this our assessments are accessible via a combination of the tab, space, and enter keys. Users can also use the arrow keys for easy navigation where applicable.
Our assessment tools are also tested using braille keyboards.
Screen reader support
Learnosity supports the leading screen readers on each major platform. A screen reader is a program that runs on a user’s device and assists learners with visual impairments by describing web content to them through text or audio using semantic HTML.
Learnosity also tests extensively using the most popular screen readers and supports ARIA attributes for enhanced assistive technology.
Math equations have traditionally posed a problem for screen readers and other assistive tools. To overcome this, content authors can create ARIA labels to provide text definitions of the math content in question.
Learnosity simplifies this process by automatically converting all LaTeX math content to meaningful ARIA labels. When a math equation is created, suggested wording for the ARIA label is instantly generated, thereby removing the need for authors to manually enter this text. Authors can easily edit he suggested wording if desired.
Transcripts and closed captions
We use third-party services such as YouTube, Brightcove, and Vimeo to host video so that authors can use the closed caption features of those services. Authors can use our video feature to add sign language videos in the stimulus of any question.
Line Reader Tool
Our line reader tool offers on-screen support to learners who may find longer text passages difficult by helping them focus on a single line at a time.