Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Learning Environments Online – The Learning Environments’ online platform

Activate Learning aims to ensure that Learning Environments Online (LEO), an internally curated WordPress platform, contains online resources that are easily accessible to as many people as possible. These resources are a mixture of free-to-access and institutional subscriptions.

About LEO and accessibility

LEO is a resource repository which is used to support teaching and learning at the following colleges:

• Banbury and Bicester College
• Bracknell and Wokingham College
• City of Oxford College
• City of Oxford Technology Campus (BBL)
• Farnham College
• Guildford College
• Merrist Wood College
• Reading College

It is maintained by the Learning Environments team and used by students to access specialist information databases, eBooks, eJournals and websites relating to their course subjects.

Within LEO it is possible, via an icon in the top right corner ( ), to:

• Resize the font
• Change to a more readable font
• Highlight and set the links to underline
• zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
• navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
• navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
• listen to most of the website using a screen reader

You can increase the size of the text on our webpages by selecting “view” in your browser menu, then selecting “text size/larger” or “increase font.” You can also change text size by scrolling across the screen with the wheel of your mouse while holding down the control key. Using the Ctrl and + keys and Ctrl and – keys will increase text or zoom in and out on most browsers.

AbilityNet also has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Non-accessible content

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed and provided in the link below.
WordPress is a third-party, open-source content management system developed by the WordPress Foundation. This means that some aspects of its accessibility are outside our immediate control. WordPress publish information on their accessibility standards here.
Most of the content on LEO is externally created by a variety of academic resource suppliers and as such we have no control over the accessibility of the links when followed. The accessibility level of LEO may vary between HTML pages and different file types.

The main areas of non-compliance are:

• Alternative text for visual content may be missing or insufficient
• Some linked PDF’s may not have full accessibility options.

Browser Compatibility

The site is mobile-friendly and on desktops is best viewed using any of the following browsers and platforms with your monitor resolution set at 1024 x 768 or above.
Compatible Browsers
• Microsoft Edge – Recommended for this website.
• Google Chrome
• Firefox
• Safari

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

At Activate Learning, we aim to ensure that our digital content is easily accessible to as many people as possible. As such, we are committed to implementing the internationally recognised Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).

How to report accessibility issues

If you experience problems accessing content on LEO, or require an alternative format, you should contact your course teacher in the first instance who should liaise with the Digital Education Environments team. If the issue is not with course content or you need technical assistance you can further escalate any issues to us at the email address below.

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements to the Digital Education Environments team using: digitaleducation@activatelearning.ac.uk.
In cases where students may wish to print a hard copy of an eBook, for accessibility purposes or otherwise, the terms and conditions of this are set by publishers and available for users to see within the reading medium of each individual eBook.
If you are a student with a disability and may need specific reasonable adjustments, do seek advice from the Learning Support Team.

Enforcement of accessibility regulations

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’). Users can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) to report non-compliance with the regulations.

This statement was amended on 28 January 2022