cBook by CREATE unveils new update to its learning system, with accessibility as its primary goal
cBook by CREATE has added a comprehensive update to their cBook.360 learning system, aimed at making cBook widely accessible according to the WCAG 2.2 framework of guidelines.
cBook by CREATE has announced update 6.0.4 for their flagship learning system with a strong focus on optimising accessibility for learners with special needs. This entailed creating features such as full keyboard accessibility and full screen-reading capability by various popular screen-readers across the entire cBook frontend.
“We didn't want to simply include accessibility, which works independent of the learning context. We have actively designed the accessibility around our learners and cBook learning programmes. For instance, we would not display "Button - 30 percent" - but rather "Learning progress - 30 percent complete.", said Lorens Jankovic, product owner of cBook.
Another crucial aspect of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is the ability to not replace complex content with easier content, instead making the content accessible as it is to people with disabilities. cBook has addressed this too; all complex interactions like drag n’drop are now fully usable with the keyboard within cBook. To achieve this, certain elements and extensions in cBook were re-worked from scratch to include the desired special interactions, says Lorens.
“We felt that the ‘build it in, not bolt it on’ philosophy would serve us best in achieving what we wanted. Therefore, we used this opportunity to build completely new versions of many of the extensions, most of which now include newer features that offer even more functionality for the future, independent of whether we are working with accessibility use-cases or not.”, he added.
People who live with disabilities make up roughly 15%, or 1 billion, of the world’s total population, including people with physical disabilities like loss of mobility, blindness and deafness or learning difficulties like dyslexia. Disability is additionally categorised into permanent, temporary or situational disabilities, the latter two of which are commonly experienced by nearly every person at some point in their lifetime, for instance having an injured arm or a heavy accent while speaking.
The onus of creating specialised accessible content ultimately falls on the designers and authors of said content. What is encouraging though is that there are learning systems now like cBook that enable learning content creators to follow inclusive design principals and produce content that is fully accessible for their learners, complying with the highest WCAG mandated guidelines.
Learning Technologies 2022
cBook by CREATE and its team will be present at Learning Technologies 2022 at Stand D01, showcasing their learning system and its capabilities, while also being available for further information, demos and consulting, on the 4th & 5th of May, 2022. Furthermore, cBook by CREATE CEO Christoph Schmidt-Mårtensson will be conducting a seminar on the topic “Activate your digital community with cBook360.com”, at 10.15 a.m. in Theatre 1 on 4th May. In it, he will expand on the following salient points –
- How to develop team and community learning with & without Microsoft Teams
- Using immersive technology to build learning experiences
- Nudging and moving learners with highly interactive videos
- How to accelerate your digital learning business
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