Moving Elearning Beyond Interactive to Accessible

I recently talked with a colleague about a recent workshop on accessible elearning that a few colleagues and I held at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. He said that it was rare that people think about accessibility (that is, ensuring that content is usable by those with disabilities) when creating online training. Sadly, he’s right, and that’s just wrong.

Instructional designers are often focused on things other than accessibility when creating training. One of the elements that makes online training better than it was a decade ago is that today’s authoring tools can create training with the pop and zing of fun-to-use apps. Designers can specialize in learning and development, and not software programming and testing, while still creating training that’s engaging on a visual, aesthetic, and emotional level.

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