Articulate Storyline 2 – Basic first steps for creating accessible content

accessible_learningToday, I received a question from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities regarding how to make content accessible.

As we all know many eLearning Development Tools exist, however based on my research and practical application Articulate  Storyline 2 is the best tool for creating accessible content.

Making Learning Objects Accessible:

  1.  Double click on any onscreen asset, then click the icon displayed below.

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2.  If the item has educational value you would do the following:

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If the item has no educational value you would not enable:

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Closed Captioning Tips

ADA Complaint Closed Captions as of Nov 5, 2015 are not supported by Articulate Storyline 2.

What we recommend is using Camtasia to create a closed caption track and insert the completed video into Articulate Storyline 2.

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The video has controls that you can tab to, then each button has the following code:

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Tab Order

Using the tab order feature let’s you identify what assets have been tagged and visible by accessibility tools such as Jaws, Dragon and/or Zoomtext.  This feature in Articulate does have some outstanding bugs, but for most cases works just fine.

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These are not all the options, but it should be enough to get even the most novice Articulate Storyline 2 user on the road to creating Accessible eLearning Content.

All the best,

Kevin Brake

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