Digital Accessibility
Digital Accessibility

Digital Accessibility

University of Vienna

Rainer Jantscher


Duration 6 units
Unit 1 hour/unit
Licence CC BY-SA 4.0
Participants 352
Availability Unlimited
Start Date 1 April 2024
Costs € 0.00

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Course Content

Our everyday lives are heavily influenced by digitalization. This opens up many possibilities for a wide variety of situations. This includes, for example, making an appointment with a doctor, online shopping, reading and sending messages and much more. But digitalization also presents us with new challenges. To ensure that EVERYONE can benefit from it, we need to think about accessibility. This MOOC deals with this topic. In a total of 14 videos, the topic is examined from different angles. In 6 lessons on different sub-areas, this course aims to provide a basic understanding of the topic.

Introduction to digital accessibility - general explanation and an initial overview.

  • Legal framework in Austria and the EU - an overview of the various laws before and up to 2023
  • Accessible publishing of digital content - different application examples and tips for an accessible web presence
  • Ensuring accessibility in digital projects - project management and digital accessibility
  • Checking the accessibility of a website - several tests for self-checking websites
  • Web usage behavior - interviews with affected persons and their experiences at work and in everyday life.

Course Goals

After completing this MOOC, you will know what digital accessibility means and how it can be complied with in the best possible way. Through the various topics of the lessons, you will have an overview of the legal situation (as of 2023) and will be able to check a website yourself for the most important aspects of digital accessibility. You will know what must be taken into account to make content accessible to ALL and why, and which small changes make a big difference for some people.

Previous Knowledge

No special prior knowledge is required for the majority of the course. If you have no prior knowledge of the topic, it is recommended that you complete the course in the order provided, as there are references to other lessons in the videos. For lesson 3, a basic knowledge of the Typo3 content management system is an advantage, as the content in this lesson makes strong reference to Typo3.

Course Procedure

The course consists of a total of 6 lessons, each made up of 1-4 videos. All lessons are available to you and you can watch the videos in any order and at any time. The videos contain reflection questions and interactive elements. You will also find additional content on the topic in the individual lessons. You can use the forum to share and discuss the content. At the end of each lesson, a quiz tests and consolidates the content of the respective lesson.

 Titles and speakers of the individual lessons:

  • Introduction to digital accessibility (Lesson 1)
    Verena Lenes
  • Legal framework in Austria and the EU (Lesson 2)
    Verena Lenes, Victoria Purns, Klaus Höckner
  • Accessible publishing of digital content (Lesson 3)
    Verena Lenes
  • Ensuring accessibility in digital projects (Lesson 4)
    Verena Lenes
  • Checking the accessibility of a website (Lesson 5)
    Verena Lenes
  • Web usage behavior (Lesson 6)
    Verena Lenes, Mathias Schmuckerlang, Michaela Mallinger, Thorben Pachler


For actively participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name as well as the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.


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Course Instructor

Rainer Jantscher
Rainer Jantscher

As Head of the CIO Office at the DLE Central IT Service, he is actively involved in promoting digital accessibility at the University of Vienna.


Verena Lenes
Verena Lenes is an expert in digital accessibility at Since 2019, she has been supporting and advising organizations that want to improve the digital accessibility of their websites, apps and documents.

Interview partners

Mag. (FH) Victoria Purns
Digital accessibility Expert (FFG)

Mag. Klaus Höckner
Member of the Presidium of the Austrian Disability Council

Mathias Schmuckerschlag
Student of Universität Wien

Michaela Mallinger
WAG Cooperative Assistance Organization

Thorben Pachler

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