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California Adult Education Online Courses - Moodle Acceptable Use Policy as of January 6, 2021
Sacramento County Office of Education
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
Moodle Acceptable Use Policy
The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), under the auspices of Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), offers an online learning environment through Moodle* for adult education agencies throughout California located at https://adultedcourses.org/. This environment is managed by the OTAN staff to support adult learning and is for educational purposes only. This Moodle site is accessible both at school and home, and access is a privilege.
To use the platform, you must agree to abide by the following rules. You may not access, distribute, or place on the Moodle site material that:
encourages or facilitates illegal activities.
is offensive, profane, obscene, abusive, harassing, derogatory, threatening, sexually explicit, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate language, information symbols or images.
is in violation of your agency’s Acceptable Use Policy.
is in breach of copyright owners’ statutory rights (you should not use the Internet to plagiarize the work of others, or post any content including images without the permission of the owner/correct licenses and non-original content must be correctly attributed.
is of a personal nature. Do not reveal personal contact information of yourself or others.
is harmful, including intentional introduction of malware. Vandalism will not be tolerated.
In addition, users agree to keep their login information private and to not use another person’s login credentials.
All information services on the OTAN Moodle site are intended for the use of its registered users and any use of these resources for commercial-for-profit or political lobbying, in any form, is expressly forbidden.
Your use of this Moodle platform (including chat and discussions) is logged, and records are kept of all your activities and contributions. Users should be aware that in addition to the site administrator, course administrators are able to directly access their students’ files. As with all public sites, you should not regard any of your activity as private or confidential. SCOE/OTAN is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Content added to the site by any student or teacher is considered the responsibility of that individual. This includes the requirement for full accessibility for anyone with disabilities. Please review the Compliance Status within this document. Sacramento County Office of Education and the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network claim no ownership of materials, files, or data uploaded by users for educational purposes and cannot be held liable for the actions of individual users on this site. SCOE does, however, reserve the right to remove, at its sole discretion, any content it believes may be inaccessible to learners with disabilities, unlawful, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise objectionable.
SCOE/OTAN offers no warranty that functions of the system will meet any specific requirements that content developers or users may have, or that it will be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall it be liable for any direct or indirect damages (including loss of data, information, or time) sustained or incurred in the connection with the use, operation, or inability to use the system.
OTAN reserves the right to revoke any user’s account at any time if any of these conditions are violated.
*MOODLE: (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and sometimes called a “Learning Management System” (LMS).
American with Disabilities Act – Accessibility Statement
The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) believe that the Internet should be available and accessible to anyone and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, OTAN aims to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are always meant to make it as accessible as possible. The OTAN utilizes an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you have found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, OTAN would be happy to hear from you. You can reach OTAN support by using the following email email@example.com or use the provided “Issue Report Form” provided in the California Adult Education Online Courses website.
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
California Adult Education Online Courses website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers can read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters this site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate the site effectively. Here is how the California Adult Education Online Courses website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others.
Additionally, the background process scans all the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Additionally, keyboard users will find quick-navigation and content-skip menus, available at any time by clicking Alt+1, or as the first elements of the site while navigating with the keyboard. The background process also handles triggered popups by automatically switching the keyboard focus to them as soon as they appear, and not allow the focus drift outside of the popup.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Profile: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Profile: this profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible to most visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Profile: this profile provides various assistive features to help users with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Dyslexia, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements more easily.
ADHD Friendly Profile: this profile significantly reduces distractions and noise, to help people with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders browse, read, and focus on the essential elements more easily.
Blind Users Profile (Screen-readers): this profile adjusts the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is installed on the blind user’s computer, and this site is compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): This profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
OTAN aims to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies possible. We do this so our users can choose the best fitting tools for their unique challenges, with as few limitations as possible. We have worked diligently to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, and Microsoft Edge, and JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), for both Windows and for Mac operating systems.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our best efforts
to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still
be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible,
or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them
accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility,
adding, updating, and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting modern technologies. Our goal is to provide the most accessible experience we can for our users. For any assistance, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org