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Unlock your learning efforts with more web accessibility than ever before

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Making e-learning more accessible & WCAG 2.1 compliantDocebo champions learning that is accessible to everyone. To us, learning shouldn’t be reserved for a select few, and neither should growth, professional development, and career progression.

We’re getting excited because more and more businesses are paying closer attention to diversity and inclusion, including ways to connect digitally with those who may not be able to connect through traditional mediums. This means that now, even for an LMS, the design and development of online courses and web pages are increasingly keeping accessibility in mind (umm… can we get a hurrah?! 🎉).

Let’s face it, when learning isn’t accessible, it affects everyone negatively (yeah, you too), and we don’t like negativity. Inaccessible learning poses challenges and risks for businesses that are easily avoidable. There’s no reason to lose top-talent or even face legal repercussions when accessible learning is an option with little to no added effort.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to reflect on some of the challenges that came with inaccessible learning that are now a thing of the past. 👋🏽

Doing business without accessible eLearning: The challenges

Here is what we commonly see go wrong and how it impacts your business.

  • Not upholding web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG): Companies and industries need to comply with WCAG 2.1 in e-learning, and the United States Section 508 Standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act for accessibility, and the European EN 301 549 V3.1.1 Accessibility Requirements for ICT products and services. These regulations are fancy talk to basically say that if your business is lacking e-learning accessibility, you could be liable for legal or financial action, on top of already not being able to disseminate learning effectively to everyone.
  • Excluding learners 😔: One or more learners, either employees or your partners and clients, can’t complete the formal training in platforms independently because it can’t be navigated with a screen reader or by using a keyboard. This is a huge let-down because you’re essentially benching some of your best players just because you didn’t have the right equipment for them to contribute.
  • High growth without accessibility for e-learning section 508 and WCAG: Experiencing periods of high growth at an organizational level without plans to
    accommodate learners and different audiences has resulted in companies being unable to expand their learning programs. This is the organizational equivalent of trying to gain speed in a car with only three wheels. It just doesn’t work.
  • Lost business opportunities: Companies can’t generate new revenue streams by selling to partners and customers in certain industries if there are issues related to WCAG and inaccessibility. If there was ever a poor way to lose business, this is it.

Phew, okay. So that’s all the bad stuff, gone and out of the way. The good news is that Docebo has re-written the way we approach learning and the way you can too. Keep scrolling 😉

Drumroll please 🥁: Introducing Docebo’s accessibility launch to meet WCAG

Who likes to be left out of learning efforts?! …

cricket sounds 🦗

That’s what we figured.

At Docebo, we strive to create environments in which learning is accessible to anyone and everyone. Positive learning experiences are what we love to see, and even more than that, we love to see our people succeed without unnecessary setbacks.

Docebo has redesigned the front-end of its learning platform to conform as closely as possible to WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility guidelines and provide learners with a more accessible experience.Even if a learner may be subject to a disability that could otherwise create challenges in providing a meaningful and functional learning experience, we’re here to bridge that gap.

To follow these guidelines, we’ve redesigned the journey that learners take from login to learning courses in our platform. This includes new directional and error messages, how you can create accounts and access the platform, and then how learners access the content they need.

So those issues we addressed above? See ya, never (again). Here’s how we’re solving this for you.

E-learning accessibility checklist: Solutions

✅ With this new update, no one gets left out! You can ensure that all of your learners are able to complete formal training programs online

✅ Non-accessibility is now a nonissue for expanding your learning programs to new audiences. Where, in the past, web accessibility guidelines could prevent you from doing business with new partners and customers, (especially federal agencies or healthcare companies) across multiple geographies, this will no longer be a hurdle.

✅Hire and retain employees without the fear of losing them because you don’t have the right tools.

✅ Leave behind your concerns about legal and financial burdens tied to not adhering to WCAG.

Our commitment: Helping you help your learners

Docebo is committed to innovation and, above all else, we’re committed to our people. We’re so excited to help you expand your learning programs to as many people as possible. Learning is simply not as impactful if it is not inclusive. That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it 😊.