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902 Incorporating Accessibility into the Beginning Stages of Learning Design

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, April 14

Tracks: Instructional Design

Series: Instructional Design Summit

Thinking about designing a virtual game show using buzzers and flashing lights? What about modern white text on a pale pink background for an online module? Or maybe red and green boxes to show correct or incorrect question feedback? Serif fonts for a classy look? Maybe a hover-and-reveal interaction? How about a table full of data in a live webinar? Before proceeding with any of these, we should stop and think about how the learning we design might be received by people with disabilities.

Making learning accessible for everyone shouldn’t be something we ignore or review with a checklist at the completion of a project; rather it should be baked into our design processes. It’s not always easy to start projects with accessibility at the forefront or to prepare others to deliver content accessibly but it is a necessary step to providing equitable learning experiences for all. Following the four main components of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (also known as WCAG), Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust, this session will provide you with the opportunity to consider how learners with varying abilities may perceive, operate, understand, and experience online modules, instructional videos, live webinars, and other learning materials. This session will give you the opportunity to walk through pre-evaluative, self-reflective questions with learning project examples for practical application of WCAG and Section 508 accessibility basics. You’ll then be able to apply an accessibility perspective to storyboarding, outlining, and planning as you engage with other participants in reflecting on a current learning project. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to practice sharing this mindset of accessibility with instructors and presenters by practicing how to coach them to deliver content in an accessible manner. By the end of the session, you’ll take away a new mindset toward accessibility, know how to share that mindset with others, and place a tangible approach to incorporating accessibility at the forefront of learning projects.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to analyze learning design through a lens of accessibility for people with varying abilities
  • To apply WCAG/Section 508 accessibility basics to beginning stages of learning design
  • How to coach instructors and presenters to ensure accessible delivery of learning
  • To approach learning design with an accessible mindset

Technology discussed: eLearning authoring tools, learning management systems, presentation creation tools

David Eifert

Curriculum Designer


David Eifert holds a master’s degree in instructional design and technology and bachelor’s degree in education. During his career, he has held full-time positions as instructional coach, teacher, and instructional designer. His experience ranges from corporate instructional design to K-12 education and adult learning in face-to-face and virtual environments. David is currently an instructional/curriculum designer at SourceAmerica, where his focus is creating accessible learning experiences for a nationwide network.