The File Scan block in Moodle enables an instructor to automatically check the accessibility of PDFs within a Moodle course.
To enable the File Scan block for a course, turn editing on and choose “File Scan” from the “Add a Block” block located at the bottom of the left column. Once added, the block will schedule to scan any PDFs the instructor adds to the Moodle course for accessibility, and will mark each PDF as Accessible, Inaccessible, or Partially accessible.
Once added to a course, the File Scan block will start scanning through PDFs uploaded to the course by the instructor—student assignment files will not be scanned—and will check them for the following areas of accessibility: Has Text, Has Title, Has Language, and Has Outline.
PDFs will receive either a checkmark indicating they met the criteria for a particular element, or they’ll receive an “X” indicating they did not meet the criteria. An overall “Status” will indicate a document either is fully accessible (with a checkmark), or is missing one or more elements (with an exclamation point).
All College-owned computers such as those in labs and those issued to faculty and staff have Adobe Acrobat DC installed. Acrobat DC can be used to correct many inaccessible PDF issues discovered in the File Scan block. ABBYY FineReader is another program available in most public labs. Instructions for correcting accessibility issues are available at Creating Accessible PDFs.