In the “Creating an accessible thesis" course you get a short introduction to planning, checking and publishing texts that comply with the principles of accessibility. The course is particularly suitable for students and supervisors, but also to all other members of the University community who produce text documents.
The course is based on self-study. It is open on an ongoing basis, and can be completed at your own pace or e.g. according to a target schedule agreed on in a thesis seminar.
The course consists of six sections that contain instructions and instructional videos as well as thesis templates provided by the University. During the course, you get to test different functions in the UTUGradu process: converting a thesis into a PDF/A file and validation.
After completing the course, you are familiar with the principles and basic concepts of accessible communications, you know how to use the templates of the University of Turku, complete checks and revisions on them with the help of an analysis tool, and publish them as accessible documents.
The “Creating an accessible thesis" course is available on Moodle: https://moodle.utu.fi/course/view.php?id=24873
The Web Accessibility Directive of the European Union came into force on 23 September 2020. The Directive obligates the University of Turku to ensure that all the materials (text, photos, files, videos) shared on the University's public website are accessible. Also thesis files have to be accessible. Readiness to produce accessible contents is also an important professional life skill. Accessibility refers to both intelligible contents and technical accessibility.
A thesis is accessible when
You can ensure the accessibility of your file by using the text styles and instructions on University's template. Once the word file is accessible, making an accessible PDF file is easy.
WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE DONE, CHECK ACCESSIBILITY
When your document is ready, check its accessibility: open Info from the File tab > select Check for Issues > select Check Accessibility > fix the parts that are not accessible.
Record of the template modifications: