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ADCET UDL Symposium: UDL Strategies for Inclusive Animation

The recordings will be added here in late September

In-person presentation

This submission deeply explored integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into animation creation, focusing on inclusivity and accessibility for an enriching learning journey. By seamlessly integrating animation interactives and objects, the educational landscape becomes engaging and conducive to diverse learner profiles, significantly enhancing the accessibility of digital learning materials.

A central aspect of this approach is the meticulous consideration of colour contrast. Recognising its pivotal role in aiding individuals with varying degrees of visual impairment, adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) ensures adequate contrast levels for optimal legibility and distinction. Prioritising accessibility in visual design makes the learning experience more inclusive and welcoming to learners with diverse needs.

Additionally, text size adjustments are implemented thoughtfully to enhance readability and comprehension for learners across the spectrum. Utilising clear fonts and appropriate spacing accommodates varying visual abilities, fostering an inclusive learning environment where every student can effectively engage with the material.

Furthermore, colour palette selection is meticulously guided by principles of accessibility and inclusivity. By consciously choosing colours accessible to individuals with colour vision deficiencies, over-reliance on colour alone to convey information is minimised. Incorporating visual cues like patterns or symbols ensures comprehension across diverse learner profiles, fostering an even more inclusive learning environment.

Beyond visual considerations, the commitment to accessibility extends to providing textual alternatives. Comprehensive transcripts accompany each animation, serving as invaluable resources for individuals with hearing impairments, aiding deeper understanding and retention of key concepts.

This exploration of alternative means, interactives, and experiences aimed to provide learners with varied pathways to access information, catering to individual learning preferences.

In conclusion, integrating UDL principles into animation creation fosters inclusivity and accessibility, enriching the digital learning experience for all students. It ensures a truly inclusive and equitable educational environment, regardless of their abilities or learning preferences.

Presenter

Dianne Herft, RMIT University, is a highly skilled designer with a master’s degree in design science (Digital Media) and experience in digital media, game design and graphic design. Leveraging her expertise, she specialises in content creation through infographics and animations, as well as developing engaging interactive materials to enhance student learning experiences. Dianne's passion lies in ensuring that all content she creates adheres to the Universal Design for Learning principles, ensuring accessibility for learners with diverse learning needs.

(June 2024)