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Using clear and concise language

This guide explains how and why to write course content using clear and concise language.

Designing your Moodle space with accessibility in mind benefits everyone.

The language you use can affect whether participants understand their course materials. Where possible, you should:

  • Write in short, simple and clear sentences and paragraphs.
  • Avoid using unnecessarily complex words and phrases.
  • Consider providing a glossary of terms readers may not know.
  • Expand acronyms on first use. For example, "The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is".
  • Formatting text as bullet point or numbered lists, as appropriate.
  • Consider using images, illustrations, video, audio, and symbols to help clarify meaning.
  • Use strong verbs (doing/action) rather than noun phrases.
The Hemingway App highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors. This can help you to create more accessible content.

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