Take accessibility beyond compliance to a learning experience that serves all learners.


Presented at 11:45am in Windsor on Friday, November 18, 2016.



  • Jessica Wilson, Instructional Designer, Innovative Educators
  • Val Kisiel, CEO, Innovative Educators

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


Can usability, compliance and design coexist in your online courses? This interactive presentation will explore the wide range of learner needs in the online environment including issues of compliance and more subtle differences in learning and processing. We will go beyond seeing accessibility as a checklist and dive into usability and design.


You have transcribed your lectures, typed in every assignment, ordered captions, and used headings for screen readers, but have you thought about the people interacting with your course? What is your course like for students struggling with a broader range of learning challenges? Many instructors and designers first feel limited by the check boxes of accessibility but you can provide diverse compliant instruction by designing with accessibility and usability in mind. We will discuss methods, tools and content that help increase the success of all learners.


  1. Use diverse methods of instruction to make learning accessible to a wide range of online students.
  2. Encourage students to develop critical soft skills regardless of your content area.
  3. Redesign your workflow to include accessibility and testing.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design

Speaker Bio(s)

Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson is the Instructional Designer at Innovative Educators and designs products to serve students with a wide range of backgrounds, skill gaps and educational goals. Before joining the Innovative Educators team Jessica worked as the instructional designer for Colorado Choice Transitions as part of the national Money Follows the Person (MFP) grant initiative. Jessica completed her M.Ed. from Regis University in 2010 and is proud to use her experiences as a unique learner to serve students in Higher Ed.

Val Kisiel

Valerie Kisiel is currently a co-owner of Innovative Educators (IE) and focuses on curriculum design, product development, and strategic partnerships. She has over 15 years experience as a teacher, advisor, recruiter and web administrator at the high school and the community college levels. Prior to this, she worked in Online Learning, Advising, and Online Student Services at Front Range Community College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College and a Master’s degree in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado, Denver.