How does Education Perfect support accessibility?

At EP we take accessibility seriously and are always looking to improve our platform in this area. The following article has information on how we currently cater to various learning needs. 

Hearing support options

Our Languages videos and any custom videos that we have created have captions. Unfortunately, we cannot control captions for any of our embedded videos that are hosted on YouTube. These captions are reliant on the person who uploaded the video adding the option. However, we are moving away from using YouTube videos in our newer content.

If users are using Google Chrome as their browser, there is an in-built live caption setting. Chrome will automatically generate real-time captions for media with audio on your browser. You can read more about this here.

Visual support options

  • Education Perfect has an inbuilt text-to-speech feature that can be used to read our question slides aloud. This feature does have some limitations for students who are fully blind as the button to activate this feature can be difficult to locate. The text-to-speech function is also not available for languages subjects. However, languages teachers can customise the lesson and insert the Audio Recorder option to record themselves reading the content. Students can then press play to listen to the recording when they open the slide. More information on our text-to-speech feature can be found here.

Text to speech button in a Task

  • Education Perfect can be zoomed in to 200% viewing to make text and icons easier to view or read. You can zoom in further than 200% but this can cause issues in some select areas of the platform.
  • When leaving feedback on a lesson for a student you can record verbal feedback instead of written. More information on this feature can be found here.
  • Students can use keyboard navigation and answer questions by selecting numbers on the keyboard rather than clicking the option on the screen. They can also move between Information Slides using the  Enter key. This should be compatible with braille keyboards such as Polaris.
  • At this stage Education Perfect does not have a dark mode feature. However, you can enable plugins such as Dark Background and Light Text on your browser. 
  • You can also use full screen readers with our website such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Jaws. Our Content Team now includes titles and alt text for all our images so that they are screen reader friendly. However, our old content and our old website coding may not be fully compatible. This is something our Development Team is aware of and we are looking to audit in order to update our coding to improve accessibility.

Please keep in mind that external plugins may not work as expected with Education Perfect. We recommend testing out a series of plugins and seeing what works best for you and your students.

Reading support options

  • Education Perfect has an inbuilt text-to-speech feature that can be used to read our question slides aloud. This feature is not available for languages subjects. However, languages teachers can customise the lesson and insert the Audio Recorder option to record themselves reading the content. Students can then press play to listen to the recording when they open the slide. More information on our text-to-speech feature can be found here.
  • If you have access to Microsoft Immersive Reader, you can copy the contents of an EP page and paste it into Microsoft Immersive Reader to format the content for easier reading.
  • When leaving feedback on a lesson for a student you can record verbal feedback instead of written. More information on this feature can be found here.
  • You can also use external plugins such as OpenDyslexic font to change the font as it appears on Education Perfect.

Please keep in mind that external plugins may not work as expected with Education Perfect. We recommend testing out a series of plugins and seeing what works best for you and your students.

Learning Support

Under the Education Perfect Content section of your Control Panel, you'll find content organised by year level. If students are struggling with work, it may be a good idea to have them work on or revise material from earlier levels.

To find appropriate work, navigate to Content and locate your chosen subject. Under Education Perfect Content, you'll find folders that are organised by year level.

Content Library showing folder scaffolding

For full details about finding and assigning work from the content library see How to find content for the topics we're covering and How to assign work from the content library.

Assigning Remedial Tasks

After completing certain assessments, you can assign remedial work to your students based on how they performed. This can be particularly helpful as it enables students to identify and improve on their weaknesses.

Remedial work can only be assigned after particular assessments. To find out how to assign remedial tasks see How do I assign remedial tasks to students after an assessment.

Turning off Countdown Timers

Both students and teachers have the ability to turn off countdown timers in the Student Zone. This can take the pressure off of some students.

As a student, navigate to Account from the drop-down menu and tick Turn off question timers.

Student Zone options to turn of timers

As a teacher, if you want to disable timers for an entire class, scroll down to Miscellaneous Options when assigning the task and tick Disable question timers to remove the countdown timer from the questions.

Picture of the disable question timers option being ticked under the miscellaneous options section while assigning a task

More information on our learning support options can be found in our article How can Education Perfect assist with inclusion?

Customisation options

Our content is fully customisable. You can use EP Studio to edit existing lessons to improve accessibility or create your own lessons to use with your students. Some of the things you can do when creating or editing your own lessons are:

  • Enlarge and bolden the font
  • Change colour schemes
  • Add sound files to narrate instructions to students
  • Add an Audio Recorder component so students can record a verbal answer instead of a written one

Making tasks manageable 

Tasks can be cut into smaller chunks and assigned to your students in sections. This can make tasks more manageable and less overwhelming. This feature can also help to remove content that individual students may find challenging to ensure the lesson is best catered to each individual. Here is a guide that will show you how to do this. 

Other support options

For other learning needs, feel free to experiment using Education Perfect with extra plugins and programs such as eye-gaze machines and see how things work for them. You can also contact our Support Team on support@educationperfect.com to discuss the specific needs for your students. You're also welcome to send through feedback on how we can improve our program to promote accessibility. 

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