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Prepare for new academic year guide

Get ready for the new academic year with our preparation guide.

About prepare for new academic year

This guide contains important information about timelines and processes for the development of Moodle modules for the new academic year.

Anthology Ally

Anthology Ally is available in all Moodle modules to help make learning content more accessible. Anthology Ally merges into the existing workflow when you upload, rollover or import content.

Ally produces an accessibility indicator score alongside common file types viewable only to staff enrolled on the module. These accessibility indicator scores are created by checking the file against each of the requirements of UK legislation for web accessibility and are also given a weight based on how much of an accessibility challenge an issue may pose to students accessing the content. The accessibility indicator score assesses the way content is conveyed to students, not the quality of the content itself. For example, a low accessibility score for a resource may be because it is a scanned PDF of a photocopied book, not because the book itself or content therein is of pedagogical low quality. 

Module Accessibility report

Anthology Ally also provides staff enrolled on modules with a module-level Accessibility report. This provides an overview of accessibility issues on the module and provides you with a number of ways to improve them. You can choose to focus on specific issues that are:

  1. Easiest to improve, with step-by-step guidance.
  2. Low scoring content, with step-by-step guidance.

Automated alternative formats

As well as providing you with accessibility indicator scores, accessibility guidance and an Accessibility report, Ally creates automatic alternative formats of your files. This allows students to choose the type of format that they want to use to review the content. You can also review and download the alternative formats by selecting the alternative icon to the right of a file.

Download alternative format

The automated alternative formats that may be available for students to download are: 

  • Audio  
  • Tagged PDF 
  • OCR PDF 
  • HTML 
  • ePub 
  • BeeLine Reader
  • Electronic Braille
  • Immersive Reader

If necessary, you can turn off alternative formats for specific files on your Moodle module. 

Demonstrating your module in class

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