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4 Strategies to Make E-Learning Accessible to All

Thursday, April 1, 2021

By making a few accommodations to your online course design, you can increase instructional content's effectiveness and accessibility while creating a positive experience for all learners regardless of their abilities.

1. Design courses for a consistent user experience.

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Be consistent in structure, layout, and overall delivery of e-learning courses to minimize functional learning curves. Easy-to-follow navigation is essential to creating positive learner experiences.

2. Include captions and subtitles.

Incorporate closed-captioning or subtitles in all e-learning experiences, including instructional videos and non-narrated instructional materials, to enable learners to transcribe course content to text, if needed.

3. Support text with audio.

Provide corresponding audio for all digitally created visual instruction, including digital infographics, job aids, and training manuals.

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4. Give clear instructions.

Be specific when communicating what actions learners are supposed to perform during a learning experience, and use clear auditory and written instructions (avoid writing phrases such as "Click this" or "Go here").

About the Author

Monipha Davis is an instructional designer at FIS Global, where she works on various projects, including building training courses and leading the internship program for the innovation and design department. Davis earned her master’s degree in instructional technology and graduate certification in e-learning design and development from the University of South Florida.

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