WAMDIA wants to change the mind-set of traditional ICT users. The fact is that everybody can contribute to accessibility of digital information by ensuring that common files that one can create are accessible: word processor, presentations or pdf files are good examples. Even more, this aspect of accessibility is key for the daily activity: e.g. the best accessible website is useless if only a single uploaded file is not accessible.
WAMDIA will enable that general ICT users make digital information accessible by learning basic techniques that everybody with basic digital skills is able to apply in their daily life. WAMDIA will target many types of general users who are not ICT experts: public employees, teachers and students in non-ICT programs in VET centres, SME managers and employees and in general any ICT user.
The WAMDIA curriculum was developed with these users in mind, particularly those who are not IT professionals, but whose work involves creating digital content that must be accessible to all who come across it; in fact any ICT user who should be conscious of the need to make the digital content they create accessible to everyone.
It covers the basics of understanding what accessibility is, how it is measured and the legal and regulatory framework governing it. Then the syllabus outlines the technical skills that are need to create accessible word processing documents, presentations, pdf’s and websites.
Aims of WAMDIA
WAMDIA aims to equip successful participants with an understanding of the importance of equal access for all to digital content, and the contribution that careful preparation of documents, presentations, and websites can enable everyone to share in the benefits of digital communication, collaboration and content.
WAMDIA students will learn the skills necessary to create accessible word-processed documents, pdf’s and presentations, and how to check these files and websites for accessibility features. Students will have their learning validated by continuous assessment and a final exam, certified by the University of Alcala.
Module 1 Fundamentals of Accessibility
- Legal Basis and Rationale
- General Principles of Accessibility
- General Quality Criteria
- Accessible Design Evaluation
- Accessible Content Evaluation
- Accessible Performance Evaluation
Module 2 Accessibility in Digital Written Communication
- Document Structure and templates
- Basics of accessible pdf documents
- Multimedia Elements Figures and Images
- Alternative Text
- Accessibility in Digital Multimedia Content
- Social Media