Diversity & Inclusion Training accessibility & usability information (Students)
This document summarizes the accessibility and usability barriers identified during testing as well as how to get help.
The diversity and inclusion training called “Our Wisconsin” required for first-year students and offered to groups by request at UW–Madison. This training provides awareness-raising information and resources. To better support accessibility and usability, the training is being offered in two modes:
The Word or PDF training in Canvas is an awareness-raising reading and comprehension quiz experience which may be more effective and usable for students, including those with visual or motor disabilities who are navigating via keyboard.
The EverFi interactive training from Canvas which has a more dynamic and exploratory reading experience with a comprehension quiz. However, it can be cumbersome or difficult to navigate via technologies other than a desktop or laptop and a mouse or trackpad.
Similarly, students who are colorblind may have an easier time navigating the training using the Word or PDF version. However, these users are far less affected by the color scheme of the EverFi training (than those navigating via keyboard), and may be quite comfortable navigating through the training.
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Accessibility and usability barriers
The word or PDF training option, as well as its Canvas quizzes, should be accessible to students with disabilities and any assistive technology used as these formats are text-based exclusively.
To make it easier for students with disabilities to navigate training options and choose the option that works best for them, below is a list of accessibility and usability barriers found in the EverFi interactive training.
Keyboard navigation may be difficult for people with visual and motor disabilities
The following keyboard navigation barriers were discovered in testing the EverFi interactive training.
The focus highlight or border, that indicates where the focus has moved to on the page, is low contrast or at times invisible to someone trying to navigate via keyboard. The training tab panels, for example, do not show where the focus has moved to.
Keyboard navigation can’t seem to consistently reach popup windows or scrollable menu items.
“Skip To Main Content” button, used by people navigating via keyboard to reach main content faster, does not move focus to the first heading of the page’s main content.
Screen reader navigation may be difficult for people with visual disabilities
The following screen reader navigation barriers were discovered in testing the EverFi interactive training.
Quiz status is not readable via screen reader making it difficult for students who are blind or have low vision to know what the quiz status is.
Some heading levels are missing in the pages or popups, making wayfinding in the material confusing for students who are navigating via screen reader.
Alternative text, the text used to describe images, are missing or not contextual in some images which can be challenging as the training images do provide supplementary or at times primary contextual information with regards to diversity and inclusion.
Magnification may be difficult for people with low vision
The following barriers may be difficult for users who need to magnify the interface to see the EverFi interactive training due to a visual disability or low vision.
Top banner and bottom footer on the pages are fixed and the training pages and popups do not reflow responsively when magnified. This means some elements on the page take up too much screen real estate or overlap onto other elements on the page, making it impossible for students with low vision to properly read the page if magnified.