Accessible teaching material
School is a part of society that really needs to work for everyone. Of course, children and young people must have good opportunities and sufficient support to learn in the way that suits each one best. An important aspect of achieving an inclusive school is accessible teaching materials, which becomes easier to achieve if they are digital.
The Norwegian collaborative organization for open teaching materials, NDLA, hired Funka for a basic training in accessibility. The participants consisted of many different occupational categories, as accessibility is something that everyone needs to know about.
We chose a training from Norway's top experts on accessibility, so that we can make the best possible way for NDLA to work for our target groups; students in high school, says Cecilie Isaksen Eftedal, who leads the user team at NDLA. Our focus is on accessible design, code and not least the content.
We send selected employees annually to Funka's Accessibility Days in Stockholm. Now we wanted to give all employees the chance to learn more about accessibility. If we are to succeed in our accessibility work, it is crucial that everyone in the organisation learns and cares about the subject. The training provided by Funka is an excellent starting point for an even better collaboration between different roles to achieve increased accessibility!
In a crowded conference room at the Thon Hotel Arena in Lillestrøm, Norway, Andreas Jacobsen and Saja Andersson, accessibility experts at Funka's Oslo office, trained some 50 participants. The program contained many different parts; why accessibility is important, which target groups are affected, different types of support and what the Norwegian Accessibility Act requires specifically for teaching materials. Based on the everyday work of NDLA's employees, good examples and inspiring solutions were shown.
It is always rewarding to train ambitious customers, says Andreas Jacobsen, accessibility expert at Funka. It would not surprise me if NDLA eventually becomes an example of accessibility that other teaching material developers can learn from.
NDLA's vision is to create good, open digital teaching resources for all subjects at the upper secondary level and provide support to students and teachers in their active work with learning. Sometimes teaching materials need to be adapted to work for certain target groups. But in most cases, well-designed solutions work for everyone.
The National Digital Learning Arena (NDLA) is a collaboration between different Norwegian regions that offer open digital teaching resources for upper secondary schools that are free for everyone to use. Vestland county council that is legally responsible for the collaboration which has 10 members.