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Designing training to meet accessibilty requirements

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I'm looking for training for my L&D team on how to design training materials that meet accessibility requirements and standards. We are working towards blended learning as part of our overall L&D strategy but I'm aware we need to have other formats available. Can you recommend anyone or share your own approaches? 

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By clive boorman
19th Jan 2017 08:33

I'm not sure if this is answering the question so up until now, we have created very story-boarded content using tools that are created in scorm which would be a standard used in e-learning. However, we are moving more towards bite-sized video content (2-4 minutes) that doesn't need to be created using tools, basically a smart phone is all you need. We used to have quite extensive storyboarding but now we just go and video the SME talking about the subject and use that as the storyboard. In fact, sometimes that video just becomes the content.
We are moving all of our content into our digital/social learning platform (Fuse) and everyone has access at the point of need rather than having to book time/courses. The bite-sized nature of the content means that the people can consume as much or as little as they like with whatever time they have. Hope that helps.

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Stephanie Morgan Bray Leino Learning
By Stephanie Morgan
20th Jan 2017 17:27

Good question, we design a lot of blended learning solutions, and for us accessibility is something we are constantly keeping front of mind.
Whilst accessibility standards often are associated with digital content (eLearning, video, webpages etc) accessibility should be taken into account for every piece of learning content.
We tend to look at it on two levels. Firstly what do people with different physical or mental needs require, so that is around the right colours, font sizes, considering whether the use of subtitles would be right for the audience, as well as logistical needs for live events, e.g is the venue accessible. This is where understanding how to translate the standards help. That is non negotiable, it is our first quality check really.
Then, where it makes sense we ask our selves what else could we do to make this even more accessible (and engaging).
We firmly believe that blended learning solutions really do help to provide accessible options as it enables us to provide more choice.
You can have content in more than one format, which gives learners options to pick and choose to suit their own needs.
We would be happy to work with your team to help them understand the key requirement, do you want to drop me an email and we can arrange a chat?Stephanie
[email protected]

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