247 - On-Demand: Not Mutually Exclusive: Accessible and Interactive in Storyline

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tools and Development

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We know building accessible courses is the right thing (and the law). Often developers think this means losing interactivity options in their courses. Many times we've seen this requirement met through a PDF of the course: making for a non-equitable, accessible learning experience. In our quest for creating an equal-experience accessible course, our team developed many best practices and worked with the Articulate support team to uncover two major bugs in Storyline (SL). Now, you can build fully accessible courses in Storyline. Get the basics right from the start, and save yourself immense amounts of time fixing items later. Create all sorts of accessible interactions and delight ALL your learners.

In this session, we will not go through basics of WCAG/AODA etc. Rather, we will dive into the deep end of SL development with accessibility and interactivity as our key focuses. We will specifically focus on the tasks that usually stump most Storyline developers. A sample .story file will be provided. You will learn more about the tab orders and how that works differently with keyboard access and screen-reader access, and how to design for both. You will learn what things to consider when building item states and slide layers, and how to work with slide masters for accessibility. You will learn how to check for color contrast for a textured/image/video background.  You will use take SL out of the box to automatically start closed captions or accessibility specific hints for specific users. And you will do all of this yourself in a very hands-on session. Time permitting, we will also showcase a fully accessible drag and drop interaction, and learn how it was built.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To identify potential roadblocks during design, and save time and effort by developing with an accessibility first mindset
  • How to test your courses for accessibility
  • How to remove extraneous elements from slides, master slides, and object states, and create custom tab order 
  • How to correct the screen reader output by removing decorative elements, adding additional descriptive text where needed. 
  • To understand the difference between tabbing and using screen readers 
  • How to work with slide layers 
  • To add captions for videos and narrated slides using transcripts and CC, automatically switching CC on for few slides  
  • How to make drag and drop accessible
  • How to create customized instructions to learners using accessibility tools on a slide by slide basis

Technology discussed:

Articulate Storyline 3/360, JAWS screen reader, NVDA screen reader, Windows Narrator

Participant technology requirements:

Laptop, installed with trial/paid SL360/SL3 and any screen reader software. Earphones or headphones suggested for screen reader testing. Basic knowledge of accessibility requirements and Storyline is required for this advanced session.

Garima Gupta, Founder, Director - Artha Learning Inc

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