Accessible eLearning

Need to know everything about Accessible Learning? Discover theories, tips, best practices or issues related to accessibility and eLearning. Find out more in an extensive list of articles, written by our top eLearning professionals.

September 7, 2016

Discussing eLearning For Mental Health

eLearning has rapidly expanded to provide more flexible learning options in the medical sphere, but could it also be used to promote learning amidst the patients? This article explores options for using eLearning for mental health training.
by Adrienne Erin
July 15, 2016

508 Compliant eLearning: Tips And Tricks

Whether you regularly work on federally-funded eLearning projects, or whether you are focused on creating privately funded eLearning content, the challenge of making eLearning accessible is always front and center. In this article, we will look at some tips and tricks to make your courses 508 compliant.
by Marina Arshavskiy
June 9, 2016

3 Thoughts On Special Education: One Dad's Perspective

My experience with special education started with becoming a dad. My wife and I have four wonderful children, the second of whom, Jacob, has a type of Autism called PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorders). Here, I offer my perspectives as a parent about what makes for great special education.
by Brian Taylor
May 24, 2016

Learning Is For Everyone: Instructional Design For Accessibility (Free Technical Article!)

As Instructional Designers, we’re always looking for new tools and best practices to deliver value to our learners. One thing some of us forget, though, is the issue of accessibility – are our courses open to all, including people with disabilities? In Learning Is For Everyone: Instructional Design For Accessibility, Obsidian Learning examines several issues related to accessibility and eLearning.
by Christopher Pappas
February 19, 2016

Utilizing Open Educational Resources To Advance Online Learning In Sub-Saharan Africa

In many schools and institutions of higher learning across Sub-Saharan Africa students lack access to quality academic resources and teachers also lack access to teaching resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) are the ideal tool to leverage on the affordances of technology and the insights of online learning to reduce the inequalities in the Sub-Saharan African countries’ education systems.
by Danai Nhando
February 5, 2016

Inclusive And Accessible eLearning

To develop online courses that are more inclusive, the role of Instructional Designers must move beyond the orchestration and arrangement of course content to partnering with faculty and support staff to implement curriculums that are mindful of ADA compliance. Furthermore, professional development must move beyond faculty acquiring technical expertise to pairing technological knowledge with principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This article outlines ways that I, as an Instructional Designer, implemented such practices via a professional development seminar, in which faculty and staff learn the principles of Universal Design for Learning and develop skills to create ADA compliant MS Word documents, podcasts, and lecture captures. Excerpts from faculty and staff’s learning journals illustrate how they have grown as educators.
by Sabrina Taylor