607 Best Practices for Accessible eLearning
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Thursday, October 26
Your client has just asked you to design an engaging eLearning course. The content will be a challenge, which you like. You quickly come up with a vision for the course: interactive, applicable, fun. You know instantly this course will be your showpiece, an award winner. Then the client says, “We need it to be accessible.” Your dream is dashed as you anticipate extra work and no engagement. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
In this session, you’ll see how you can make your award-winning design a reality while also keeping it accessible. You’ll start with what accessibility means—and what it doesn’t. You will look at sample slides and see why they don’t meet accessibility standards. Then you’ll learn all about the best practices for using accessible PDFs (the lowest form of accessible learning), closed captions (which type is really best—the answer may surprise you), keyboard navigation, and designing for a screen reader. The session will wrap up with a look at how to QA all of it.
In this session, you will learn:
- Best practices for designing closed captioning
- Best practices for creating accessible keyboard navigation
- Best practices for designing courses for learners using screen readers
- How to keep engagement in courses while maintaining accessibility
- How to keep fun slides (like drag-and-drops) in an accessible course
- How to insert described video for screen readers without impacting other learners
Novice to intermediate designers and developers.
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Steve Blane, a creative director at Benchmark, is an award-winning learning experience designer with a specialty in, and passion for, eLearning. He has been in the training and development industry for nearly 20 years. Steve was the lead designer for the 2009 CSTD CATE award-winning program Plus Sales and Service (developed for Rogers Plus) and the 2011 CSTD CATE award-winning program FINTRAC eLearning (developed for OLG). He teaches both instructional design and rapid eLearning design for the masters certificate program in adult training and development at York University’s Schulich School of Business.