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807 Creating Future-proofed, Accessible, and Inclusive Digital Courses with HTML

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Friday, April 14

Tracks: Emerging Tech

Digital learning designers and developers are juggling an increasing number of “requirements” to ensure that the digital training programs they create are not only accessible but diverse, representative, and tailored to specific audiences. Yet the most common courseware tools cannot always be counted on to create accessible courses. So what are the options? In an interesting twist, HTML, which was commonly used in the eLearning industry 25 years ago, offers a free and flexible re-emerging tech solution to many of today’s requirements for human-centred digital learning solutions.

In this session you’ll hear how investing time to learn how to adapt and use HTML for digital learning solutions pays off in improved learning experiences for participants. You’ll learn about a series of freely available, fully accessible HTML templates that can be adapted for digital learning solutions. Finally, you’ll see for yourself how having access to a worldwide community of 83 million HTML advocates and problem-solvers can boost your skillset, creativity, and confidence as a digital learning designer or developer, which in turn leads to better learning experiences for everyone involved.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why using free, open-source code is a future-facing solution for creating fully accessible digital learning solutions
  • What accessible, responsive, diverse, and representative digital learning solutions can look like
  • How and where to get started with a series of free HTML tools and templates
  • Where to go for questions, tutorials, and inspiration when creating a digital learning solution with HTML for the first, or 40th, time

Technology discussed:

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and GitHub

Joanne Etmanski

VP, Learning Strategy


With more than 30 years’ experience in learning and development, Joanne Etmanski is a sought-after learning design strategist and digital learning expert. As VP of learning strategy at GEVC, Canada’s longest continuously operating digital learning solutions company, Joanne has offered her insights and guidance to hundreds of organizations in the private, public, post-secondary, and not-for-private sectors to help them and their audiences keep pace with changing workplaces. A regular columnist for the Learning Guild’s Learning Solutions magazine, her “Pivot” columns have had an unwavering focus on improving the quality of digital learning solutions—by keeping human considerations top of mind.

Michael Nagy



The founder of GEVC, Michael Nagy is one of Canada’s foremost L&D leaders and learning technology experts. He offers 28 years’ experience supporting learning and development professionals and educators in hundreds of organizations that have benefited from his commitment to creating appealing, engaging, inclusive, and human-centred learning solutions that encourage people to continue learning. Michael has long been an open-source tech advocate and is delighted that the industry is embracing free and flexible technology that is finally finding its way back to the future of digital learning.