Accessibility & Facilitating Learners with Disabilities/Health Issues

Hi All,

I am currently working on ways in which we can make our e-learning more accessible to those with Disabilities or Health Issues.

Importantly, I am also trying to ensure that anything i do does not detract from the learning of the majority of users and provide them with a memorable and interactive learning experience.  

Putting on a narration button on each slide, providing audio narration for those who require it is one of the options that i am currently looking at implementing immediately, however other things i'd like to do like Colour Changing may not happen immediately due to

A) Time Constraints and

 B) Software Limitations.

I've also been advised that as hard as i try to ensure that the e-learning is inclusive,  i am highly unlikely to be able to cater for everyone, and that what matters is that an alternative method of delivery to those people is in place to ensure that they are not disadvantaged.

1-1 Facilitation (by a Learning Professional) is one of the options we are looking at in this instance.

 

My Question (finally!) is does anyone have any tips on facilitating those with Disabilities/Health issues, or know of anywhere i could get some information on this ?

Is there anything else i could do immediately to make my e-learning more inclusive?

Many Thanks in Advance!

 

 

 

1 Reply
Fiona Macelli

You definitely need to take a look at accessibility standards and guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Section 508). If you're going for compliance with these standards then they tell you what's necessary. If it's more optional for you, it's still a good place to start for understanding what's required.  I'm finding that it requires a real shift in my design mindset to consider the visually impaired in my courses. It's not impossible to have a great course for both audiences (the majority and the minority), but the tools don't make it easy.

I'm taking a live-online course from Eliquo (a Canadian company) this week that's specifically about how to use Storyline to meet WCAG 2.0 standards.  You might want to look into similar training options. http://en.eliquo.ca/e-learning/training-courses/e-learning/accessible-storyline.php?cat=wcag