Maintaining Accessibility in Interactive Learning Objects

Concurrent Session 7

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Brief Abstract

Interactive digital learning objects serve to engage the learner and maintain that engagement by moving beyond simple passive presentation of didactic content. The more aesthetically and cognitively rich the media is, the more engaged learners are expected to be and consequently the increased time-on-task should increase mastery of the material. Learner satisfaction improves with a heightened online user experience; however in many situations, in trying to ensure ADA 508 compliance much of the interactivity is abandoned because it is considered too difficult to provide equivalent alternative navigation by disabled learners.  This presentation examines methods for building in accessibility considerations and treatments into templates for highly interactive, media rich modules, so that the user experience for all learners remains high.

Presenters

Jeremiah Woolsey has over 30 years of experience in the IT field, both in public and private service. He spent 15 years as an IT consultant and systems engineer in the aerospace industry before making the move to higher education in 2002. As the Director of Digital Learning & Technology Solutions at the College of Continuing Education, California State University Sacramento, Jeremiah sustains a comprehensive information and technology environment supporting the college’s academic, administrative and online technology needs, and especially, the integration of technology into the teaching and learning process. Jeremiah attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama on a basketball scholarship and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama, where he recently served on their National Alumni Association Board of Directors. He also received a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Later, he undertook doctoral studies in educational technology at Concordia University in Montreal where he was honored with the Perry Award for Academic Excellence. Jeremiah also founded and help fund an endowment for that school’s engineering and computer science students interested in Interactive Digital Media. Jeremiah has authored over 30 articles on the use of interactive digital media in education, training, and product support.