801 An ID’s Approach to Accessibility: Lessons Learned
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Wednesday, March 27
While many instructional designers strive to create content that is effective for all learners, in reality, their designs often don’t accommodate students with abilities that are different from their own. One way you can ensure that your learning content facilitates learning among all learners is by designing to ADA compliance standards. Not only will doing so result in quality learning for everyone, it will also satisfy a legal requirement to which higher education institutions are beholden.
Although you may not be an ADA compliance expert, all designers have a responsibility to develop inclusive curriculum. There is value in identifying ADA compliance issues early in the curriculum development process. Doing so gives you time to consider alternatives that are ADA compliant, or provides time to correct compliance issues. Learn how one team created guides and a checklist to help focus their compliance checks. They set out to identify reliable resources they could reference when digging deeper into a compliance issue or solution. They built compliance checks into their quality assurance checks ahead of final content delivery to customers. Finally, they built additional time, cost, and training into their projects so they could do the work correctly.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to quickly assess ADA compliance in content
- What to do if you find content you want to use that is not ADA compliant
- How to avoid overlooking ADA compliance issues
- How ADA compliance checks fit into a fine-tuned development process
- How much time compliance checks add to the process
Designers, developers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)
Technology discussed in this session:
The session will review non-compliant assets available directly on websites. Participants with laptops can use them for compliance check activities.
Education Technology Supervisor
Justin Tumelaire is an educational technologist supervisor at Cengage Learning. He has worked in various roles within higher education for nearly 10 years. His experience includes training, instructional design, and project management. Justin has master’s degrees in adult education and training as well as business administration, and he has experience in both online and traditional learning modalities.
Supervisor of Instructional Design
Ben Saxon is a supervisor of instructional design at Cengage Learning. Before joining Cengage in June 2009, he worked for nine years as a multimedia developer and instructional designer at an online university. His experience includes multimedia design; content development for online, on-ground, and hybrid/blended environments; and curriculum design.