Making Learning Accessible

 

Organisations normally deliver employee training through eLearning. This allows them to reach a wider audience in a shorter period. Most eLearning is developed using standard authoring tool functionality and is targeted to the general learner. But what about employees who have disabilities which negatively impact their learning needs? How is your organization developing eLearning that allows employees with disabilities to learn, advance their skills and promote their career growth?

Since there are multiple ways that various disabilities can impair learner interaction with eLearning material, there are several approaches you can take to improve accessibility to your eLearning. Here are just a few ways to design your eLearning:

Mobility and photosensitivity issues:

  • For people using a mouthstick, it is much easier for them to press the spacebar for a quick pause, rather than to manipulate a mouse. Therefore, when using video, make sure that your media player can be played and paused with both the keyboard and the mouse.
  • Avoid flashing videos or Graphics Interchange Formats (GIFs). Images that flash quickly or have a strobe light effect can trigger photosensitive epilepsy.
  • Make your hyperlinks longer. By making clickable link text at least one or two full words long helps people with fine motor skills issues to select links with greater success.

Visual Impairment:

  • Consider your font choice and size.
  • Include Alt Text (Alternative Text) for images. Screen readers can’t describe an image, but they can read Alt Text that explains what the image is.
  • Consider using voice-over for screens and text.

Hearing Impairment:

  • Add subtitles or captions on all videos.
  • Offer transcriptions of audio content.

Dyslexia and dyscalculia:

  • Use a colourful or bold font to emphasis text rather than italics. Italics distorts the letter and throws off patterns, making text more difficult to read.
  • Use more white space in your design.
  • Avoid using ultra-high-contrast colours. The colours impact dyslexic users and can make it difficult to concentrate.

Using the above tips when developing your eLearning will improve accessibility to your eLearning and help promote an inclusive culture in your organization.

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