Designing for Different Abilities

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Deepening Your ID Skills Online Conference 2021 - February 17, 2021

Diane Elkins

Artisan E-Learning

How would you teach someone to read an EKG, if they can’t see?

How would you teach AutoFill in Excel, to someone who can’t use a mouse?

How would you help someone de-escalate a conflict, if they can’t hear the other person’s tone of voice?

A lot of the guidance in the eLearning industry about accessibility for individuals with disabilities is about the technical aspects: have good color contrast, make sure the learner can navigate with a keyboard, use closed captioning. But what about the instruction itself? Accessibility starts with instructional design. Would someone with a disability perform a given task the way you are teaching it? Is the language you are using inclusive? Are you factoring in cognitive differences such as reading and language ability?

In this session, you’ll examine five key changes you can make to your instructional design process so you are baking in accessibility and inclusion from the very beginning.


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