612 Panel: Designing Accessible Learning Experiences

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Thursday, November 17

Instructional Design

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Accessibility is about more than just doing the bare minimum for compliance. It’s about the difference you can make when you ensure everyone has equal access to what you’ve designed. While this intent is good, in the real world, actually making all your content accessible can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be.

In this session, you’ll find out just how easy it can be to learn how to design for everyone. You’ll hear from a panel of seasoned designers and developers who will share their personal stories about accessibility and how they’ve used best practices to design universal or inclusive solutions. You’ll learn how to start the conversation with stakeholders, create accessibility standards, and even teach others about accessible solutions.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About basic accessibility standards
  • How to create accessible content
  • How to get buy-in from stakeholders
  • About the basics of user research
  • About different types of users

Audience:
Novice designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Brian Dusablon (Host)

Founder

Learning Ninjas

Brian Dusablon, the founder of Learning Ninjas, is an entrepreneur, coach, and generalist who has worked in the eLearning industry for over 20 years as a trainer, developer, instructional designer, LMS administrator, project manager, and consultant. At Learning Ninjas, Brian leads a collaborative consultancy focused on creating and teaching about accessible and effective learning solutions and technologies. Working with organizations and individuals, he applies existing and emerging technologies to simplify processes, improve performance, and measure outcomes. Brian frequently speaks on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, innovative technologies, and entrepreneurship.

Jean Marrapodi

Senior eLearning Designer

Illumina Interactive

Jean Marrapodi is a senior eLearning designer at Illumina Interactive. She is a certified professional in learning and performance (CPLP, ATD’s highest credential) with a PhD in adult education and a master’s degree in online instructional design. With 16 years in corporate training, then five years in higher education, Jean understands trends and needs in a variety of industries and is a nationally known conference speaker. She led a team that won the 2014 Silver Brandon Hall Award for Best Learning Team and, in the same year, the United States Distance Learning Association’s Best Learning Program. The eLearning Guild named Jean a Guild Master in 2016.

Jane Bozarth

Director of Research

The eLearning Guild

Jane Bozarth, the director of research for The eLearning Guild, is a veteran classroom trainer who transitioned to eLearning in the late 1990s and has never looked back. In her previous job as leader of the State of North Carolina’s award-winning eLearning program, Jane specialized in finding low-cost ways of providing online training solutions. She is the author of several books, including eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring, Social Media for Trainers, and Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To's of Working Out Loud. Jane holds a doctorate in training and development and was awarded the Guild Master Award in 2013 for her accomplishments and contributions to the eLearning community.

Diane Elkins

Co-Founder

Artisan E-Learning and E-Learning Uncovered

Diane Elkins is a co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered and of Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Trivantis Lectora, and Adobe Captivate. Diane has built a reputation as a national eLearning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events, such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions. She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide, from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

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