5 Ways to Make eLearning More Accessible for the Disabled
5 Ways to Make eLearning More Accessible for the Disabled
Rashida Beal Jan 22, 2023
In our fast-paced and tech-savvy world, technology is becoming increasingly accessible to everyone.
For example, more people than ever before are using mobile devices to access the internet. They're sending
emails without worrying about whether a desktop computer will work or not (not to mention how much easier it
today than it was even ten years ago!), and even online gaming has taken off in popularity because of the
convenience offered by playing from anywhere with an internet connection.
Technology has also led to online courses and digital learning experiences. Student learning often takes
at least partially online.
Yet despite all these advances, there's still one group whose needs haven't been met: those suffering from
various disabilities who might not be able to access eLearning comfortably.
eLearning is only becoming more popular, yet much course content does not align or keep up with disabled
people’s needs, resulting in inequality and missed opportunities for those with disabilities. The Americans
Disabilities Act has detailed web accessibility guidelines called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has also
its own guidelines for web accessibility. Adhering to these accessibility standards is key for every learning
In this guide, we will go over several of the best ways to make eLearning more accessible for the disabled
follow the guidelines.
Don’t Rely Solely On Color To Convey Information
Color is a powerful tool for designers. It can set the mood and draw attention to important information, but
color isn't always reliable in eLearning. Therefore, it is important for designers to think twice about what
they know about color while creating accessible content.
Colorblind people don't see color the way you do, so using it to convey information can be confusing or even
impossible for them. If you're designing an eLearning course that relies on color coding, choose an accessible
color palette and consider using other visual cues. For example:
Use text labels alongside primary images rather than relying on the colors alone (e.g., red = stop; green
Use arrows or shapes pointing at parts of illustrations rather than just relying on their colors
Use high contrast, as some people with visual impairments struggle to see the low color contrast
Another graphic design tip is to Include enough white space and negative space so that important design
elements stand out.
Focus On Improving Visual Content
One of the most important things you can do for your eLearning is to make sure it's accessible for people
all types of disabilities. This means that everyone can use it, regardless of their abilities.
When creating content, you should focus on combining visual content with text. Visual elements include
videos, and graphics—anything that isn't text. This includes audio as well. If a video plays automatically
someone opens your course, they'll be able to access it even if they cannot read the words on the screen. You
can add a text transcription to make it easier for those with screen readers to enjoy your content.
Animation is also a great addition to any course. Animated videos also require little reading and allow users
who are visually impaired or blind to enjoy interactive experiences like clicking on buttons or playing games
within eLearning courses without having any trouble following along with what's going on in each lesson.
Add Alt Text
Alt text is an image's description. It is for screen readers and other assistive technologies, not for the
to read. Alt text should be descriptive and concise, but it should not include the file name of the image or a
caption or title. This makes it easier for assistive technology to process the information and read it clearly
to the user.
Alt text is used by screen readers to describe images on a page. This can help blind users understand what
they're looking at, even if they don't see it in person—and if you're designing a course that includes images,
the alt text should be an essential part of your design process! Alt text is also handy for those who are deaf
or hard of hearing, as they can read the content rather than listen to the audio.
Design For Screen Readers
It’s important for eLearning courses to be accessible across all devices, including mobile devices and those
using assistive technology like screen readers. Screen readers are software used by individuals with visual
impairments to use computers. They read information aloud in a synthesized voice, making them ideal for users
who struggle to read text on the screen. Since these tools have an audio component, it is critical that your
course be designed in such a way that it can be understood by everyone.
Here are some ways to ensure that your eLearning course is accessible:
Use headings, subheadings and bullet points so users will know what they will learn next (use lists where
Ensure that both your text content itself and the content across the page is laid out in a clear way
Use plain language as much as possible and avoid jargon when writing content
Build for use on the keyboard only; in other words, don’t require the use of a mouse or other tools that
disabled people may not be able to use to navigate your site
Add Transcriptions To Multimedia Content
If you're looking to make your eLearning content more accessible, adding
transcripts is a great place to start. Transcripts are text versions of videos and audio files that
provide a way for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, or learning English as a second
language (ESL) to access the information on those files. They can also be helpful for those with other
disabilities like speech impediments or those who can't read standard print at all.
Maestra’s video-to-text converter is the best way
transcribe videos. It automatically generates accurate transcriptions within minutes. All you need to do is
upload your video file and click to begin the transcription. You can then review it and make any adjustments
before exporting it.
In addition to transcripts, you can also add subtitles directly to videos with Maestra’s auto subtitle generator. Generate subtitles in over
languages to help those who are hard of hearing better understand video content.
Create Accessible eLearning Courses with Maestra
When you’re creating an accessibility-designed eLearning course or online training course, it can be hard to
know where to start. There are so many options and features that it can feel like a daunting task. However,
there are plenty of resources and tips for designing eLearning courses available to help you create an
accessible eLearning course.
One of the best things about these tools is that they're free and easy to use, which makes them great for
beginners who are just getting started with increasing eLearning accessibility in web content.
But don't worry if you're not exactly an expert—there's no need to reinvent the wheel when designing
eLearning courses. Use Maestra Suite to help you provide
transcriptions and alt text for all of the content in your course, making it far more accessible for people