A quick chat!

I’m looking to have a quick chat with training and eLearning professionals to know about their content creation workflow, challenges, and requirements.

Would you be interested in participating in it and spare about 30 minutes of your time to talk to me on these topics? This will be an anonymous and informal chat session and you or your organization will not be quoted anywhere. Your responses will solely be used for product improvement.

If the answer is yes, write to me at pjaising@adobe.com and we can block our calendar for a fun chat session!

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Section 508 and WCAG – Compliances to Increase Accessibility in Elearning

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Have you ever imagined how a person with disability would access your eLearning course? May be you haven’t given a thought of designing eLearning in that perspective. But eLearning accessibility has been the industry hot topic now. And an eLearning course should be designed such that it works for everyone across the organization so that no one misses the training opportunities. In this blog, we will discuss the eLearning course accessibility challenges and corresponding compliances – Section 508 and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).

According to UNESCO, “Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights.”

eLearning courses are not completely accessible to hearing or visually impaired learners – they miss-out some or major portion of the course content. And brings the need to create eLearning courses for differently abled learners. So as a learning designer we should know the challenges that Differently Abled Learners face while accessing the content.

Elearning Course Accessibility Challenges For Differently Abled Learners

A non-compliant course will pose following challenges for differently abled learners:

  • Visually impaired students can’t identify graphic elements present on the screen
  • It is difficult for a color blind learner to recognize differences in colors
  • Cognitive impaired learners find it difficult to comprehend the logical branching of course topics
  • Hearing impaired learner may completely miss-out the course narration or sound signals

Section 508 and WCAG Compliances to Increase Accessibility in eLearning

In particular to US residents, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for global learners, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed accessibility norms for differently abled.

Section 508 and WCAG compliances in corporate eLearning development follow learner-centered approach to ensure your course is accessible to all.

What is 508 Compliance?

Section 508 is a law from Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that states U.S. Federal agencies to develop their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

What is WCAG Compliance?

WCAG is an international standard by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that suggests guidelines for making web content more accessible to people with disabilities.

Note: Section 508 is a law in US, but WCAG is a recommendation for global learners.

Design considerations to follow while developing Section 508 or WCAG compliant courses:

  • No information should be conveyed using colors or variations in colors
  • Have fewer variations in slide layouts
  • Maintain consistency in structure, content, and other elements
  • Provide transcript for course general narration, videos and animations
  • Provide alternative text (alt text) for every non-text elements such as images, graphs, interactions
  • Provide brief descriptions about the links that take learner outside of the course such as internet / intranet
    Do not have automatic navigations
  • Allow learner to access the complete course using short-cut keys in parallel with mouse interactions

Conclusion

As Instructional Designers, we must not only consider the special needs of differently abled learners but be equipped with required expertise to develop an accessibility-compliant eLearning course that meets Section 508 and WCAG standards.

We will come-up with more on Section 508 and WCAG accessibility compliances in our next blog post. So stay tuned.

Original blog post: http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/section-508-wcag-compliances-increase-elearning-accessibility/

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Top 5 Tips For Innovative eLearning Development

Amongst the challenges that Learning and Development teams and Learning Consultants face today, the top 2 pertaining to training would be: 1) How to increase the efficacy of training?, and 2) What learning strategies should be adopted to ensure that the learning and business mandates are met? In this article I will outline 5 tips for innovative eLearning development that will help organizations improve efficacy of training by making the learning stick.

Innovative eLearning Development

Did you know?

In 1885, Herman Ebbinghaus, a German Psychologist defined the exponential nature of forgetting. As you see from this diagram featuring the “Forgetting Curve”, we forget 80% of what we learned in 30 days!

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How can we improve stickiness of learning?

By following innovative learning strategies outlined in this article, you will be able to create the required “Chain of Impact”.

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How can we improve stickiness of learning?

To create the “Chain of Impact,” we need to adopt ways to ensure the learning sticks. Sticky learning is the learning that lasts over time.

This can be achieved through many approaches. One of the significant approaches is adopting learning strategies that:

    1. Focus on action (“to do” things rather than “seeing” how they should be done)
    2. Build on the current schema of the learners (draw upon what they know)
    3. Allow exploration (enable self-discovery)

5 Tips to improve stickiness of learning through innovative eLearning development

We have a range of solutions that improve learning, recall, and retention. These are rendered through our innovative eLearning development framework.

My top 5 tips are:

1. Use Gamification for learning

You can use the power of games to deliver specific learning outcomes in your learning and performance strategy. You can opt for:

    1. Overlay of a gamification concept on your content to have the whole course gamified through levels, board games, or challenges
    2. Partial Gamification of inline checks and assessments

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2. Use Interactive videos (particularly for micro-learning)

Today, several options are available to convert linear videos to interactive videos that can create an immersive and engaging experience. The passivity of the videos can be overcome by providing learning interactions, knowledge checks, and feedback.

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3. Use Decision-making branching simulations

You can use branching scenario simulations to move the learning process from mere knowledge acquisition to its application. These simulations can complement the scenario-based approach and should be used when learners need to deep dive into multiple related facets or handle a far more complex situation.

This approach helps learners work in a safe environment (where they can practice and also easily recover from the mistakes they may have made). They can evaluate different aspects and get a sense of what impact their choices can have.

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4. Use Story based learning (Storytorials)

A proven approach, the story-based approach (Storytorial) combines the principles of Instructional Design with the compelling power of a story. The dual impact enhances the quality of learning, resulting in an immersive learning experience.

Storytorials are strung together in a fictional narrative and generally have a beginning, body and an end. While a story may have multiple plots based on the content, you need to make sure that the central theme of the story sticks to the content and avoid redundant material that has little or no contribution to make to the training.

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5. Use Scenario based learning

As per ATD (Association of Talent Development), Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) is a proven method to build expertise in tasks that are unsafe or infrequent in the workplace or to build critical thinking skills.

You can use scenarios to create learning activities where learners are presented with a real life situation or problem and they must work through it to achieve their goals. Although most of these interactions help hone learners’ cognitive skills, there is always the option of adding an emotional element for greater learner engagement. An example of this would be simulating a real-life situation where every decision that the learners make has a direct bearing on themselves or their colleagues.

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I hope this article featuring innovative eLearning development provides the required cues that you can practically apply to create a “learning retention and recall curve” for your organization.

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/top-5-tips-for-innovative-elearning-development-2/

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