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Enabling Effective Learning Online for Screen Reader Users

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 3:20 PM PST  
Grand AB  
Enabling effective learning online involves the inclusive use of educational technology, learning experiences and teaching practices, together with a connected community. This is especially important when you have learners using assistive technologies, especially screen readers. As a native screen reader user, I will share points in this session that are critical to designing online learning for screen reader users. I will also highlight how such design provides a “curb-cut” advantage to all learners. To begin with, learning technologies must work with screen readers. For that to happen those technologies must align with accessibility standards. This could also make these learning technologies more usable with other assistive technologies. Next, the learning materials must be created keeping non-visual access in mind. This requires that content creators are aware of the needs of screen reader users. If not, they would be introducing barriers to learning. Further, the teaching practices must be inclusive. This involves making the curriculum, instruction, and assessment usable by learners with diverse needs. Finally, it will be easier for everyone if they work together as a community and learn from one another. In summary, inclusive design of technology, content, pedagogy, and community is critical to making online learning accessible. Even if one of these components is not accessible, the learning experience will not be accessible.

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  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • K-12 Education
  • Research & Development
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Session Summary (Abstract)
Making online learning accessible involves inclusive design of technology, content, pedagogy and community. In this session, I will share my perspectives as a screen reader user about designing online learning that works well for screen reader users.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Design
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Session Type
General Track  


  • Carin Headrick
    D2L Corporation

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