Accessible Course Design Strategies For Rise and Storyline


Presented at 11:30am in Denver 1-3 on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.



  • Auston Stamm, Stanford University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


This presentation will provide an overview of different accessible strategies that can help you create accessible Rise and Storyline courses. Learn what Rise blocks are accessible, how to add alt text, and other design strategies. The Storyline portion will cover what interactions are accessible, how to adjust the focus order, and add alternative text to items. Accessibility checklists covering a wide variety of different accessibility strategies for the different platforms will be provided.


Articulate’s Rise and Storyline platforms are commonly used to create online courses. However, it can be difficult for course creators to know how to design accessible courses for these platforms. This presentation will provide some accessibility strategies that can help designers create courses that can be accessed by a wide range of learners.

This session will cover how to choose accessible Rise blocks and avoid interactions that are inherently inaccessible. It will cover how to add alt text in Rise to meaningful images. It will also cover how to use the alt text feature to hide decorative images. An explantation of how to implement headings, and how to add a transcript and captions to videos will be provided.

The Storyline part of the session will explore what interactive elements are inherently inaccessible. It will then cover how to use the focus order pane to create a logical read order for the given items. The focus order pane can also be used to remove decorative items and add alternative text to meaningful items.An overview of how to add captions and transcripts to media will be provided. The importance of using dialog layers to convey feedback will be highlighted.

Rise and Storyline checklists covering the different accessibility strategies covered will be provided. Each checklist will provide steps for how to implement each accessibility strategy. Some examples will be included in the checklist to help guide designers.

The goal of this presentation is to highlight strategies for creating accessible courses using Rise and Storyline.


  1. Identify inaccessible Rise blocks and Storyline interactions that may create accessibility barriers
  2. Learn how to implement different accessible course design strategies in Rise and Storyline
  3. Checklists will be provided that cover the steps for implementing each accessible course design strategy

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Auston Stamm

I am the Digital Accessibility Instructional Specialist for Stanford University. I provide guidance on how to create accessible course materials. I have developed training modules on how to design accessible materials in Canvas, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs for the Stanford community. I have also worked to develop accessibility guides and modules for how to create accessible courses using Articulate Storyline and Articulate Rise.

I am currently working toward a doctorate degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University. I have published an article in TechTrends with Dr. Hsu in 2021 entitled, “The Marrakesh Treaty’s Impact on the Accessibility and Reproduction of Published Works.” I am one of 28 authors featured in a book published by AHEAD entitled, “Disabled Faculty & Staff: Intersecting Identities in Higher Education (Volume 2).”