Accessibility considerations

Any elearning created for the MIT community should follow MIT's Accessibility guidelines. Some of the more common issues to be aware of when designing your training is color contrast, font types/sizes, and closed captioning. Read below for some basic information on each, and for any questions, feel free to consult the Accessibility and Usability Group at MIT for more information.

Color Contrast

It's important to think about color contrast in your eLearning. Check out these lessons and resources on color accessibility and a color analysis tool to check your elearning for appropriate color contrast.

Fonts and Text

Fonts are one of the ways you can bring some creativity and life to any type of visual media, whether printed or online. But for elearning design, there are some special considerations to keep in mind. While some bullet effects on text can be effective, you should try to avoid blinking text or continuously moving text on your slide. Also, try not to use text that is embedded in a graphic, as a screen reader won't be able to read it. 

Here are some additional helpful guidelines to think about when choosing fonts. 

Closed Captioning

When creating elearning with audio, you'll need to consider how to address your learners who aren't able to hear the narration. This is best done with closed captioning whenever possible. Rapid authoring tools such as Storyline and Captivate include the ability to add captions to your narrated slides. However, some elearning delivery methods may not. For example, elearning delivered as an MP4 file, such as those uploaded to YouTube, do not include captions by default. There are several ways to create captions for videos you upload to YouTube. Watch this video for a super easy method (handy for short videos with little narration), or check out this article explaining how to upload a caption file (great for longer videos)