TestOut Courseware Online Content Accessibility Release Note
As the primary international standards body, the World-wide Web Consortium (www), periodically issues guidelines for making web-based content accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Their current set of guidelines, WCAG 2.0, was issued in late 2008 and adopted as an ISO standard in October of 2012. The governments of many world nations, including Australia, the EU, Canada, the United States, Colombia and Israel, have adopted these guidelines, either officially or in nearly identical policy statements of their own.
TestOut Corporation is committed to providing effective online learning resources via its LabSim-based courseware in order to help learners develop employable IT skills. To that end, TestOut has included functionality to assist users with disabilities.
Following are some of the features in TestOut’s LabSim online learning platform that address accessibility:
- Extended time setting for exam duration, including a default setting that, when enabled, doubles the allotted time to take an exam
- Closed captioning support for videos
- Display of interactive text scripts during video presentation
- Text lessons
- Text for lab simulation solution steps
- Text-based glossary of terms
- Print option for custom exams
- Print options for all text-based course materials
Based on feedback from contacts around the world, TestOut is currently planning and developing further accessibility features during 2017. These features include but are not limited to: inclusion of a dyslexic font, variable exam duration, closed captioning size, color and font adjustment and improved contrast in interactive scripts.
The following chart outlines the WCAG 2.0 guidelines for levels A and AA and indicates where TestOut complies, what features are under development, and how available third-party solutions may address the guidelines: