An Instructional Design Approach to Accessibility – Lessons Learned


Presented at 2:15pm in Westminster IV on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Justin Tumelaire, Cengage Learning

Session Details

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


In this collaborative session, we discuss how the Cengage Instructional Design and Delivery team builds accessibility, checks into curriculum development processes, addresses challenges associated with ensuring accessible content, and leverages appropriate resources. The intent is not only to share our experience, but to learn from one another.


While many of us involved in the design of learning content strive to create content that is effective for all learners, in reality, our designs often don’t accommodate students with abilities that are different from our own. One way we can help ensure that our learning content facilitates learning among all learners is by designing with accessibility and inclusivity in mind. Most importantly, it will result in quality learning for everyone. It will also satisfy a legal requirement to which higher education institutions are beholden.

We all have a responsibility to develop inclusive curriculum. We have found value in identifying accessibility issues early in the curriculum development process. Doing so gives us time to consider alternatives that are accessible or provides time to correct accessibility issues. In this collaborative session we will discuss how we incorporate accessibility checks into our processes and what we do when we find content that is not accessible.


  1. Describe a process for quickly assessing accessibility in content.
  2. Describe a process for addressing content that is not accessible. Resources for
  3. Discuss resources and best practices for incorporating accessible content.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Justin Tumelaire

Justin Tumelaire is the Accessibilty Manger at Cengage. He holds graduate degrees in Adult Education and Training and Business Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has worked in higher education, serving both traditional and non-traditional students, for more than 10 years. His experience includes project management, curriculum design, educational technology, and training.