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Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility

Course Outline

Course prerequisites

Technical knowledge of web design or development.

Course objectives

At the end of the course students should have the ability to:

  • Design and develop accessible websites, including the:
    • Development of accessible cascading style sheets (CSS)
    • Creation of accessible multimedia content using captions and transcriptions
    • Development of accessible forms and CAPTCHAs
    • Use of attributes to make images and tables accessible
    • Enabling of web authoring tools
  • Audit websites against international accessibility standards, the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), recently adopted by the Australian Government
  • Understand the principles of usability and accessible web development, and the different ways that people with disabilities access the web
  • Understand accessibility legislation and standards compliance in Australia and internationally

Learning modules

  1. Web accessibility: importance and benefits
  2. Policy and legislative frameworks
  3. Practical guidelines
  4. More advanced techniques for web accessibility
  5. Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0
  6. Future standards, including HTML 5 and WAI-ARIA

Assessment

Students must complete three graded practical assessments focusing on:

  1. Project analysis report 1 (25%): User experience and WAI-ARIA
  2. Project analysis report 2 (35%): Enabling accessibility tools and captioning
  3. Major project (40%): Creating a prototype accessible website and testing compliance

Course formats

The course will be delivered online, with students taking part in online discussions with lecturers and students and participating in practical activities.

Course time commitment

As the course is completely online and has no set hourly commitments each week, participants have freedom with their time spent on the course. However, it is recommended participants allow about three hours per week to read modules and participate in activities. There is one assessment every fortnight which would probably require a couple of hours additional to the normal three hours per week to complete.

Learn from the experts

Dr Denise Wood - Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning/ Senior Lecturer

Dr Scott Hollier - Media Access Australia Project Manager and Advisory Committee representative, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Dr Hollier is also legally blind.

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