Online opportunities to learn about web accessibility

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in collaboration with UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education(UNESCO IITE) is launching a free online course on web accessibility on 28 January 2020 on the edX platform. 

This English-language Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which is open for enrolment, explains how to design accessible websites and apps, meet standards and provide an optimal user experience for everyone. Students will also understand the business benefits and social responsibility of web accessibility, as well as the broader benefits for everyone regardless of disability.

“Introduction to Web Accessibility” builds on the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative open curricula developed with support from the WAI-Guide project, and funded by the European Commission. All teaching materials will be released under Creative Commons license, so that the course can be replicated by others (for example in other languages).

ITU Academy, the main online gateway to ITU’s capacity development activities, launched its free, self-paced training course, “Web Accessibility – The cornerstone of an Inclusive Digital Society” in October 2019. This certificate-based course focuses on web accessibility policy development as well as the creation of accessible digital content, the evaluation of website accessibility levels, and principles related to the design and development of accessible websites and their maintenance in line with the international standards.

SourceEuropean Commission