Number 2 barrier to creating eLearning for everyone - ELA Hub

This post looks at the standards people need to meet to make their eLearning usable for people with disabilities. The standards are called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Although there are a lot of good things about these standards, there are also a lot of things which make them difficult to use. This post looks at why they are so difficult for people who make eLearning. It also gives ideas on some things which could make them easier.

 

Why WCAG?

In 2018 the government passed a new law called the Public Sector Bodies (Website and Mobile Application) Accessibility Regulations 2018. For the first time, this law says that everything on the web and on mobile apps must meet WCAG standards. This law is only for organisations who get money from the government, but it also tells everyone else which standards they need to follow.

 

What’s good about WCAG?

  • A lot of countries worked together to make the standards.
  • Both governments and companies follow the standards.
  • You can use them in a lot of different situations.
  • They keep up with new things which happen in technology.
  • They are very detailed, so it is easy to know if your content passes or fails.

 

What’s not good about WCAG?

  • The English used in the standards is difficult to understand.
  • The standards are very technical which also makes it difficult for many people to understand them.
  • The standards are for people who use code to build websites, not for people who make eLearning projects.
  • The standards are for websites which give information to people, not for projects where people need to learn things.
  • There are no computer programmes or companies to help if you want to check that your eLearning projects meet the standards.

 

How can eLaHub.net help?

  • www.elahub.net is a website which makes it easier for people to meet the standards for eLearning projects.
  • The site uses plain English to explain the most important standards.
  • It also gives examples using 3 different programmes you can use to make eLearning projects.
  • The site needs suggestions and examples from anyone who makes eLearning projects so that it is better, and more helpful, for everyone.
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