What Do Course Designers Need to Know About Building Accessible E-Learning? #304

Designing Accessible E-Learning #304: Challenge | Recap

“Why do I keep hearing so much about accessibility?” That question came up in one of my recent training webinars, and it’s just one variation of the types of accessibility questions we hear daily.

For many organizations, creating accessible e-learning is already a business goal and a legal requirement. For others, the concept of accessibility might be new, even if they’ve developed online training for years.

What do we mean by accessible e-learning? For e-learning designers, accessibility means the course is designed for all learners—including those with auditory, visual, mobility, or learning disabilities. This means that people with disabilities can still learn the course material as well as all the other learners.

What do course designers need to know about building accessible e-learning? That’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to design a short demo, quiz, or interaction to help course designers learn more about creating accessible courses.

Your example can focus on tool-specific features or general considerations when designing accessible e-learning.

Here are some topic ideas to get you started:

  • Why accessibility matters
  • Accessibility FAQs
  • Accessibility testing tools
  • Using contrast checkers
  • Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 for e-learning
  • Interactive cheat sheets or job aids


Articulate Training Webinars

Articles and Blog Posts

User Guides

Share Your E-Learning Work 

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start  your own thread and share a link to your published example..
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Social Media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you get started with this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways course designers are using dos and don’ts in e-learning:

Dos and Don

Dos and Don'ts in E-Learning #303: Challenge | Recap

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

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Hello, I have done a few courses for an organization that provides an online literacy program for Deaf and hard of hearing adults. Some of the key design points for this audience are as follows: • Choose fonts that are easy to read - minimum 14pt • Use clear san-serif or serif fonts designed for the web (i.e.: Cambria, Verdana, Georgia, etc.) • No script or highly stylized fonts • Avoid italics, UPPERCASE, and underlined text • Use bullet symbols for lists • Develop consistent text style for: o headings o body o buttons o directions • Consider readability (colour, contrast, colour-blindness, deaf-blind) • Leave plenty of white space • Left justify body text Accessible Language: • English is a foreign language to many Deaf learners • Consider your audience (adult deaf,... Expand

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Aman Vohra

Using screen readers can be very difficult at times. What if the course has inbuilt audio instructions for persons with visual disabilities? Created a byte sized learning module, that tells you what you need to do at different stages in the course. (You just need to be familiar with the very basic keyboard keys like Enter, Space bar, top, bottom, left, right arrow keys to navigate throughout the course.) http://bit.ly/NutrInPl Ensure that the audio of your device is not on mute and please be patient as you will be hearing instructions about what keys to use, to proceed. For normal users, there is a circular navigation panel available in the course that allows you to move back and forth and the circle in the center allows you to reload the page you are on. Youtube Demo: h... Expand

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