The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has announced a free online Introduction to Web Accessibility Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
The four-week free self-paced course is designed to provide a basic overview of broad web accessibility concepts designed for technical and non-technical audiences.
The course is based on the open curricula from the W3C WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) which can freely be used by anyone wishing to create a course based on W3C web accessibility concepts.
The topics covered in the online course include:
- The principles of accessibility: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust (POUR)
- How you can check web pages for some basic accessibility issues and improve accessibility
- Where to find the right resources for developers and designers to implement accessibility
- Approaches for planning managing accessibility in your project and in your organisation
- Where to find W3C resources for developers and designers to implement accessibility
Enrolments for the course are open now and will be available on 28 January 2020. The course itself is free but the completion certificate has an additional charge. While the course is offered worldwide, there are some access restrictions in select countries.
It’s great to see W3C WAI build a course from its own excellent curricula resources and to see some familiar names, including a PCWA Alumnus and one of my former staff from my Media Access Australia days involved in the project.