Part of hosting courses online is to make them more accessible so that everyone has the opportunity to take part in specific training exercises. Therefore, it’s important to ensure the content is accessible for people with a range of different disabilities and impairments.
Why should you be creating accessible eLearning?
It widens your audience
It Increases the effectiveness of your course.
It adds value to your organisation
It will generally improve usability for everyone
Use simple language and clear instructions. Avoid negative language, jargon and acronyms.
Avoid complex interactions in exercises.
Incorporate simple and consistent navigation and ensure content and pages are labelled and organised consistently
Make ALT tags clear and descriptive and relevant
Consider the readability of the font, colour choices and contrast ratios.
Include functionality for keyboard only users
Provide captions, transcripts and translations for video and audio content where applicable.
Avoid Flash and use HTML5, as it’s faster and suitable for all mobile devices.
Use labelling in forms instead of placeholder text
These points should be considered throughout the design process to create a comprehensive product. For an in depth look at how to design for accessibility, check back on our previous blog here.