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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and elearning

In order to ensure that your eLearning course is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), it means you have to keep in mind when designing your course and activities that impaired learners should be able to complete the same course and achieve the same objectives as fully-abled learners.

Assistive technologies such as screen readers can help learners to access the content, but it is also important that your course is compatible with these if you want them to be accessible. Put yourself in the position of someone using these aids to interact with your elearning. The benefit of making your elearning accessible is that it makes your learning better to use for everybody, not just disabled learners!

Here are some tips to help make your elearning better for everyone to use when building in Articulate Storyline.

  1. Minimize the number of tab-interactable objects on screen. Turn off the tab interactivity of unnecessary objects.

  2. Where possible, keep colour contrasts in mind with regard to the different types of colour blindness that some of your learners might have. You can check if your font and background colour combination is accessible on several sites online.

  3. Make alt text to describe images and include instructions for selectable objects.

  4. Have closed captions for all audio, or include the audio script in the module, or as an attached document.

  5. Avoid interactions that require use of the mouse (e.g.: drag and drop activities)

  6. Make sure that navigation is clear. Use ‘select’ instead of ‘click’ for objects to be clicked on. Be descriptive and provide as much detail as possible.

  7. Choose large, easy to read fonts. Sans serif fonts are friendlier for learners with dyslexia.

If you want to ensure that all your learners are getting everything they need out of your elearning, check out our other accessibility articles in this blog, or contact us today to see how we can make your elearning AODA compliant!


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