[Athen] Help finding Free and Accessible eLearning Design and publishing

Castiglione, Deb A deb.castiglione at cengage.com
Tue Mar 20 18:29:31 PDT 2018


Both Blackboard and Canvas offer sites where you can create courses/learning content for free. You first need to set-up an account.

Blackboard’s is COURSEsites<https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html>. Canvas<https://canvas.instructure.com/login/canvas> has one as well.


From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Tristen Breitenfeldt <tristenbreitenfeldt at gmail.com>
Reply-To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9:22 PM
To: "athen-list at u.washington.edu" <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Help finding Free and Accessible eLearning Design and publishing

I am a blind screen reader user (mostly JAWS) and I have a passion for accessible eLearning. I currently work as an accessibility tester for a large company, but in addition to my day job, I am trying to learn a bit more about Instructional Design during my personal time, because I would really like to balance my job of accessibility testing with some accessible creation. I have a subscription to LinkedIn Learning and some other training materials on the topic, but I do not have access to the technology needed to design, build, and publish eLearning content. The problem is that none of the free tools that I’ve found are accessible for course designers (or they require far more technical knowledge than I have) and the one accessible LMS that I know about (D2L) costs quite a bit of money.
I am not looking to sell the content/courses I create at first… My primary goal at the moment is finding a platform to publish and share my creations on the web (possibly with friends, family, and co-workers), while building my knowledge and skills and having fun creating some accessible training modules.
I know some HTML 5 and JavaScript, to create most of what I want (though an accessible WYSIWYG) would be a nice option for those times where my ambitions exceed my coding knowledge.
Does anybody know of one or two free accessible Learning Management or Learning Content Management Systems that I can try out?

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