Every time I update my portfolio I am wondering what materials best represent my skills. It’s hard to say what the “best” example of anything is, but I know the course I created about Accessibility in my most important. It’s a culmination of a lot of individual lessons I’ve learned, put into a course on the Canvas LMS. It is a self-paced, activity-based lesson on designing Online Training for Accessibility and Learning Styles.
There are a lot of resources within this course designed to show other instructional designers (and anyone really that makes training/education tools in PowerPoint) how to create multiple versions of the same information to cater to learning style preferences. For example, how to covert your PowerPoint into an animated video, a 1 or 2 page summary/reference guide, and a mobile-friendly PDF. The learner progresses through the course, building a PowerPoint to eventually be exported as all these different file and learning types, the course injects accessibility features into the materials to make them ADA compliant for your audience. Examples include how to add alt text to images for screen readers, checking graphics and design for color blindess issues, and adding captions to videos.
For those of you familiar with my blog, you’ll know I’ve produced a few accessibility-themed projects over time, like my webinar on how to add captions to a video for free using YouTube, and how to integrate best practices into design across programs like Articulate Storyline. I wanted to include those topics in addition to new materials. Since Canvas is a LMS that can allow all kinds of navigation options to the learner, it was important for me to create a design map that best illustrated how someone would navigate this course, as well as how the course should be constructed.
By nature of being a self-paced module with absolutely no timelines or deadlines associated with it, I knew it was important to build something that would keep students motivated over time to keep completing the lessons/modules within the course. The way the course works is the learner begins with a simple PowerPoint (or they can use their own) and over time they add elements to the work that allows for them to export certain accessibility-friendly materials if they progress through the lessons. Along the way, learners become educated on the importance of digital accessibility/equity. This is to prevent learners from mastering the skills without understanding the importance.
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See below for example resource materials provided during the course instruction.