Unlocking Accessible Online Learning

Leah Chang headshot with four colorful triangles.

In the ever-evolving landscape of online education, the conversation around accessible learning has never been more crucial. To help us all improve our programs’ accessibility, TechSoup Connect BC recently hosted an illuminating session titled “10 Things All Nonprofits Should Know About Accessible Online Learning.” The session featured insights Leah Chang, CEO of Leah Chang Learning—a pioneer in accessible online learning.

Leah Chang: Breaking Down Barriers in Education

Leah Chang shared her journey and the vision behind Leah Chang Learning (LCL). With a focus on educational leadership and technological adoption, LCL is dedicated to developing inclusive curricula that cater to a diverse audience, including sectors that support mental health and neurodiversity. 

Leah provided an overview of LCL’s services, emphasizing their mission to remove barriers to online learning. From designing learning products to supporting organizations with technology, LCL is passionate about inclusion and accessible education.

A Message from Leah Chang Learning

We wanted to extend a big thank you to everyone who joined us for our recent session on enhancing accessibility in online learning with Leah Chang Learning.

If you’ve got any burning questions or just want to chat more about the topics we covered, Leah is here and ready to connect. You can shoot her an email at leah@leahchanglearning.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Thanks again for being a part of the conversation and for your commitment to making education more inclusive. We had a blast sharing insights with you, and we hope you found the session as valuable as we did!

Deep Dive into Accessibility and Online Learning

The core of the session delved into actionable insights and strategies for enhancing online learning accessibility. Leah Chang covered everything from understanding web accessibility terms and leveraging assistive technologies to engaging communities and integrating accessibility into strategic planning.

Boosting Accessibility Across Learning Formats: Leah emphasized the importance of making all forms of learning accessible, whether asynchronous, synchronous, in-person, or online.

Familiarizing with Web Accessibility Terms: A call to become acquainted with the language of web accessibility, including WCAG standards.

Prioritizing Different Levels of Accessibility: Insights into approaching accessibility practically by prioritizing certain aspects of learning content for enhancement.

Applying Universal Design: Leah shared the POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust) principles as a framework for creating accessible learning experiences.

Leveraging Technology Wisely: The session stressed the importance of choosing and utilizing technology that supports accessibility.

Community Engagement and Accessibility Testing: Leah advocated for involving community members in testing and providing feedback on online learning content to ensure it meets accessibility standards.

Incorporating Accessibility into Project Management: Leah advised embedding accessibility considerations into the foundation of project planning and execution.

Next Steps to Improve Learning Accessibility

The session concluded with Leah encouraging participants to integrate accessibility into their organizations’ philosophies and strategic plans. Leah urged attendees to consider how they could take actionable steps toward creating more inclusive online learning experiences.

For those seeking to delve deeper into the world of accessible online learning or to consult on specific projects, Leah Chang and her team welcome inquiries and are eager to share resources and guidance.

The Path Ahead

TechSoup Connect BC’s session with Leah Chang serves as a vibrant beacon for the importance of accessible online learning. The webinar not only highlighted the current achievements and future aspirations of leaders in the field but also provided practical, actionable insights for nonprofits looking to make their educational content more inclusive. As digital platforms continue to shape the educational landscape, the commitment to accessibility will ensure that learning remains a right, not a privilege, for all.

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