eLearning Accessibility Considerations

With an increased flexibility for employees to work remotely (from home), we will see a more inclusive workforce in the years to come. This creates a need to propose online trainings that can also address special needs. We offer customized digital learning services to provide equal learning opportunities and fulfill eLearning Accessibility Considerations for learners.

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Businesses that integrate accessibility are more likely to be innovative, inclusive enterprises that reach more people with positive brand messaging that meets emerging global legal requirements.
- W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

What is the value of Accessibility for the learners?

Accessibility, in its widest sense, means that learners are not excluded from using learning resources based on their special needs. It aims at empowering learners with a special need of any kind to complete a task in a similar amount of time and effort as someone without it.

In digital learning, Accessible content is designed and executed in a manner that allows people with special needs to find, navigate, and understand learning elements comfortably. It puts these learners in control of their learning process while opening up a wider plethora of possibilities.

Given the changing dynamics in the global landscape, Accessibility is particularly important for learners with special needs. Accessible eLearning not only focuses on learners’ capability of acquiring knowledge, but also considers all types of special needs while designing any learning intervention. This provides a sense of independence for learners and drives a proactive approach in design considerations.

Why should organizations and L&D teams invest on eLearning Accessibility Considerations?

There are high chances that each training group may include at least one learner with special needs. eLearning Accessibility makes sure that each and every one experiences training in a constructive and engaging way. Accessible eLearning emphasizes the importance of attracting, upskilling, and retaining talent in your organization and expresses care for all employees.

Demand has changed the nature of eLearning accessibility requirements. In such circumstances, eLearning Accessibility fosters inclusive learning and ensures maintaining diversity and inclusion as part of the learning environment.

How can EI Design help you leverage eLearning Accessibility Considerations for your training programs?

Our expertise in technology-driven electronic mediums can help you personalize learning keeping learners’ mental, social, physical, and cognitive abilities to the fore. At EI Design, we are not just aware of the rising requirements and regulations about eLearning accessibility, but also have an action plan for its implementation.

Our action plan is based on four pillars:

  1. The four principles of eLearning Accessibility: We ensure Compliance with section 508 to ensure all web content is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
  2. Tools and techniques for eLearning Accessibility: We leverage assistive technologies such as Voice User Interfaces (VUIs), screen readers, alternative communication devices, and so on for accessible eLearning solutions.
  3. Clear writing guidelines for accessible content: We follow best practices and writing guidelines devised by W3C and WCAG Success Criteria for robust Instructional Design.
  4. Defined considerations for personalized learning: We adopt measures and considerations in learning design through instructional, visual, and technological mediums.

We offer Accessibility Considerations in design for all categories and consumers of eLearning, be it corporates, NGOs, or organizations providing higher education.

Our Best Practices for Creating High-impact eLearning Accessibility Considerations Driven Training

1

Provide a better learning experience – for all users

We consider all possible forms of special needs while crafting learning programs to ensure we deliver high-value learning without having to retro-fit at later stages.

2

Choose to present content in multiple ways

We follow techniques like pairing non-text content with a text alternative or support visual multimedia content with a description to allow the absorption of learning effectively. Our Performance Support Tools too add value in this context.

3

Arrange, format, and provide clear content for learners

Our design fundamentals like HTML markups to organize and structure content or visual styling to make content clear and discernable ensure stickiness in learning. Techniques like “light” Microlearning without heavy graphics and videos take care of bandwidth challenges.

4

Offer consistent content and navigation

We provide “help notes” or “welcome tutorials” to promote consistency in learning thereby decreasing the learning curve and improving eLearning accessibility—for everyone.

5

Design with flexibility in mind

We offer multiple content formats and communication channels to make courses flexible. You can use tools like Adobe Connect for workshops where learners with a hearing impairment can use text to engage or utilize a platform with zoom features for learners with visual impairment.

6

Create links that are friendly for learners with special needs

We customize hyperlinks by making small changes such as visually descriptive links to help learners with fine motor skill challenges identify and click links more easily.

7

Partner in assessing web platforms

During the Needs Analysis phase, we closely partner with customer teams to map eLearning Accessibility requirements with features their platforms offer and consult for considerations if new platforms are to be procured.

8

Conduct assessments

We perform initial surveys and assessments with several groups spanning IT and web design teams, sponsors, stakeholders, and even a niche cohort of user groups to ensure we have all the requirements to meet the eLearning Accessibility Considerations.

9

Promote awareness

We regularly update ourselves and our customer stakeholders for progress in the eLearning Accessibility domains to ensure improvements and suggestions when the need arises.

10

Continuous process improvement

Our innovation initiatives ensure enhancing effectiveness through a variety of methods including a dedicated focus on UX lab and testing for engagement and immersion in eLearning Accessibility Considerations.

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