For educators, presentations are an integral part of delivering lessons and engaging students effectively. As the educational landscape evolves, ensuring that these presentations are accessible is essential. An accessible presentation not only accommodates students with disabilities but also enhances the overall learning experience for the entire class. In this post, we delve into some tips to create inclusive presentations that allow every student to access and benefit from the information being share.
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- Consistent Design: Consistency in design elements such as fonts, colors, and layout helps students with cognitive disabilities navigate content more easily.
- Alt Text for Images: Just as with documents, include alt text for images on your slides. This provides context to visually impaired students who may be using screen readers.
- Captions for Multimedia: If your presentation includes videos, make sure to include closed captions. This benefits students with hearing impairments and aids in comprehension for all.
- Clear Hyperlinks: Similar to documents, ensure that hyperlinks in your presentations are descriptive and provide information about the linked content.
- Slide Titles and Structured Content: Provide clear, meaningful slide titles, and structure your content logically. This helps students understand the flow of the presentation.
Alt text provides access for all learners. Alt text is supported by screen readers as well as supports user with poor internet connection.
Creating accessible presentations ensures that all students have equal access to your content, regardless of their abilities or learning preferences. By adopting these practices, you can enhance inclusivity and the overall educational experience. Accessibility in our digital resources is not just a matter of compliance but a commitment to promoting equitable learning for everyone.
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This is one of a series of posts from Cassie Brusch and Julie Ortlieb. Check the MCIU Learning Network throughout this year to see more posts from this series.