eLearning Accessibility Challenges: When Closed Captions and Alt Text Aren't Enough


President and Founder, Illumina Interactive
Webinar Recording Details
  • Date and Time
    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 12PM Pacific / 3PM Eastern
  • Duration
    1 Hour
  • Cost
    $0 (Free)
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Accessibility is not a "nice to have." It's necessary to ensure that the materials we provide offer all learners equal access and the ability to learn without hindrance. Web accessibility standards like Section 508 and WCAG provide guidance and best practices, but in some cases, simply complying with the standards is not enough. Most current authoring tools offer ways to add closed captioning for the hearing impaired, or to set "tab order" and "alt text", two basic means for supporting assistive devices such as screen readers. But many designers and developers don't think beyond those basics and are unfamiliar with the issues that individuals with disabilities face, or the frustrations they experience.
In this webinar, we'll look at the some of the nuts and bolts of achieving a fully accessible learning experience. We will share our award-winning Unconscious Bias e-learning module developed with workplace diversity leader, IBIS Consulting Group, and demonstrate what we did to rework it to meet the accessibility needs of a new client. The piece included discovery-learning interactivities aimed at creating impactful "AHAH!" moments" to demonstrate the learner’s own unconscious bias, but in a number of instances, these activities relied heavily on color and other visual cues, which were problematic for learners with visual impairments. We’ll share how we re-envisioned those activities to take advantage of other senses to provide an equal experience and show how the module functions with JAWS, a screen reader for the blind. In the end, you’ll leave with a sense of what it takes to create elearning that works for everyone.

Be sure to register for part one with Jean Marrapodi: ​https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/events/1457?gref=event

About Michael Getz

Michael Getz, an accomplished designer/developer of award-winning e-learning solutions, has been at the helm of Illumina Interactive since the company’s inception in 1997. As a creative and technical project director and producer, Michael has spent over 30 years in design, programming, production and management of computer-, multimedia- and Internet-based applications for corporate, industrial and educational markets. Michael brings exceptional knowledge and expertise in the use of web and multimedia technologies to address corporate training requirements. At Illumina, Michael has managed development of learning solutions for companies in a wide variety of industries – from healthcare and life sciences to financial services and high-tech – and for a spectrum of clients from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies, non-profits, as well as small and mid-size companies. As the head of Illumina his focus is primarily on business development and operations as well as project oversight.

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