The Open University's (OU) Accessibility page:
- explains how OU sites have been designed to meet accessibility standards
- tells you how to change your browser settings to suit you better
- provides some OU and external contacts for further help.
The Computing Guide Online accessibility includes:
- configuring Windows
- computer adaptations
- web browser accessibility
- Office suites
- online tutor-marked assignments (TMA) submission system.
Switching between mobile view and desktop view
If you’ve found yourself in StudentHome in mobile view on your desktop, you can switch back to desktop view by scrolling to the foot of the page and clicking on Switch to desktop view.
From your mobile use the arrow in the top right to view the option to switch to mobile view.
Where to find alternative formats of your module material
Alternative formats of your module materials that are provided, such as DAISY talking books, can be found in the Resources tab on your module website.
- SensusAccess – print disabled students can use this online, automated conversion service to convert material into a more accessible format themselves.
- Text-to-speech software - options for Windows and Macintosh operating systems
- How to access PDFs with a screen reader - helpful hints to installing, configuring and navigating portable document formats (PDFs) with a screen reader.
- Library services - disabled user support - Accessing journals, databases and literature searches; additional services available for housebound students; accessibility of the library website and services.
- Help with logging in to OU systems
- Online rooms for tutorials and events - a brief overview and how to access online rooms using Adobe Connect
- My computer, my way from AbilityNet provides advice on the many ways you can make your keyboard, mouse, Windows, the internet and favourite applications suit you and your needs.
- Ginger - is a contextualised spelling and grammar check tool. Available for desktop and mobile. As well as working with word processing software, it can also be used with popular websites such as Facebook, Gmail and Twitter and with your browser.