Accessibility Statement For Student EPortfolios

This accessibility statement applies to all Student ePortfolios for Dumfries and Galloway College.

Student ePortfolios are hosted by Dumfries and Galloway College. They are built using the WordPress Framework which is kept updated by Dumfries and Galloway College. The content is maintained by the students.

We are committed to making the ePortfolios as easy to use by the students regardless of disability.

We in the process of evaluating the admin areas and basic template for ease of use by the students. We are also creating teaching materials to teach students how to make their content accessible when updating their ePortfolio.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability which may aid in using an ePortfolio.

How accessible the ePortfolios are

We in the process of evaluating the admin areas of the ePortfolio and basic template for each of use by the students. We also plan to teach and guide students on how to make their content accessible when adding their work to their ePortfolio.

The ePortfolios are built on WordPress. WordPress is committed to making its admin area accessible to all since version 5.1 ( https://en-gb.wordpress.org/about/accessibility/ )

We are aware that some parts of the ePortfolios are not fully accessible:

  • You can only change the contrast of the page using a browser plugin like the High Contrast Plugin for Google Chrome.
  • Any embedded live video streams do not have captions.
  • Some older student videos may not be captioned.
Feedback and contact information

We are committed to making our services as accessible as possible. If you do experience any difficulties navigating your ePortfolio or any of our other digital services please do get in touch so we can work towards improving these areas.

If you need information on the ePortfolios in a different format like an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as quickly as we can.

Reporting accessibility problems with your ePortfolio

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our digital services. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

Tel: (01387) 734 000
Email: info@dumgal.ac.uk

And we will pass the information on to the relevant department to look into.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment and you can use the free Contact Scotland BSL Service - www.contactscotland-bsl.org

Students can also contact the Student Advisors via studentadviser@dumgal.ac.uk so we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or other appropriate support.

We would also recommend you contact the Student Advisors via studentadviser@dumgal.ac.uk if you need help with any disability you may have.

Technical information about the ePortfolio’s website’s accessibility

Dumfries and Galloway College is committed to making all of it’s Digital Services accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some of the content students upload and link to may not have been made accessible. This includes PDFs, Images and Videos.

We will encourage and guide students on how to make their content accessible to all when uploading to their ePortfolio.

Disproportionate burden

Student Portfolios may contain a large number of PDFs and other documents created in previous years. Where these are no longer being updated, we do not intend to recreate them in accessible versions as this would be a disproportionate burden. The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

We will encourage Students to produce accessible versions before they upload documents.

Students may occasionally link to third party sources that are out-with our control.

Some Student Videos may not have been captioned. We will encourage students going forward to make sure they add captions to their videos.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By December 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We will add captions to recordings of live video streams.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

We are working on replacing existing PDF information that is essential to our services with either an accessible HTML webpage or an accessible version of the PDF.

We will continue to review our ePortfolio service and make improvements where necessary.

We will provide guidance to students on how to make their content accessible to all users.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17th September 2020 It was last reviewed on 17th September 2020

This ePortfolios were last tested on 17th September. The test was carried out by Dumfries and Galloway College. We manually sampled and tested a sample of accessibility issues using the following methods: