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Moodle accessibility quick guide

More guidance

This quick guide is designed to help avoid common accessibility issues on Moodle. For more detailed guidance:

  • Search for accessibility in the search bar on the right-hand side of this page
  • Navigate using the table of contents on the right-hand side side of this page
  • View all Moodle accessibility guides

For guidance on authoring content in a range of formats, visit the Accessibility Guidance for Authors page which includes:

  • General Guidance
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web Pages
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Video and Audio

Structuring a Moodle Space


    • Use a logical structure
    • Use an optimised course format
    • Use sections to organise content
    • Use unique and informative names
    • Use section summaries to describe content
    • Be consistent.


    • A random structure
    • Using an inaccessible course format
    • Adding content in to one section
    • Indistinct or uninformative names
    • Solely using section names to describe the content within.

Creating Accessible Content


    • Add alternative text to images, graphics, charts etc. where appropriate.
    • Use meaningful link text
    • Use colours with sufficient contrast between the text and background colours
    • Use easy to read font in a large size (18pts +)
    • Use heading and paragraph styles to structure text
    • Use clear and concise language
    • Use in-built accessibility tools.


    • Using colour as the only means of conveying information
    • Using small font sizes (<18pts)
    • Placing text over images
    • Using background colours without sufficient contrast to the text
    • Hard to read fonts
    • Using images, with content your audience need to understand, without a text alternative
    • Using images of text
    • Long paragraphs of text with no headings
    • Link text with no descriptive information
    • Using images of text
    • Acronyms and complex words.

Accessible Audio and Video


    • Provide a text alternative such as
      • closed captions
      • text transcripts
      • audio description
    • Clearly label audio/video content that has been provided as an alternative to text.


    • Providing content solely in video and audio formats.

The information on this page relates to Moodle and was last updated September 2020.


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