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LRDG Implements New Accessible Modules

LRDG Implements New Accessible Modules

LRDG’s training solution has been offered in a blend of online and in-person methodologies for the past 2 decades. Our online training allowed learners to discover, learn and practice new skills in the comfort of their homes and was followed by instructor-led sessions to allow for good practice in oral communication skills.

How LRDG is leading the language training industry in accessibility

When designing new content, it’s essential to consider the accessibility of our training modules so that they can be available and well accesible (usable) by everyone.

Approximately 15% of the world’s population has a disability and relies on assistive technology, including over 5.3 million Canadians. It’s also important to note that around 1 in 10 Canadians have a learning disability that may not always be diagnosed but can impact their ability to learn a new language and acquire the necessary skills.

Following WCAG guidelines enhances our language training solution by providing a more intuitive and friendly user experience for our learners. For example, while captions provide the text of what is said in video and audio files, they are also helpful for learners who prefer to have a visual aid to help them better understand what is being said.

Not all language schools provide accessible training solutions, meaning fewer learning opportunities exist for people with disabilities. That’s why LRDG is committed to reducing accessibility barriers to learning and improving user experiences regardless of ability.

Changes in our New Learning Management System

The format of our old Learning Management System (LMS) divided the learning modules into four sections, which learners went through linearly. In our new design, we have implemented “learning blocks,” which combine elements and activities from all four sections to make the learning more comprehensive and engaging.

Not only is this more beneficial to all learners, but it also allows our modules to comply better with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 AA). We have created a new and improved way to navigate our modules in a more user-friendly way than our previous version.

Key Features of the New Accessible Learning Modules

In addition to the new “learning blocks,” our modules include different activities targeting various language skills. These include dialogues, interactive activities, a “what’s new” document for learning new grammar and vocabulary, and a final quiz.

Our dialogues are based on real-life situations and have been reorganized into units to help students who need more guidance.

Interactive Activities
Our interactive activities are focused on improving pronunciation. For example, learners can listen and repeat phrases to record their voices to self-assess their pronunciation against an authentic sample. There are also drag-and-drop, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice activities.

LRDG’s revamped learning experience allows learners to complete the modules in bite-sized ways and enable them to complete them on the go with our mobile experience.

Module Access for Mobile Learners

Our new mobile experience allows students to complete modules on their mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. This will enable them to learn anywhere, anytime, without needing to be in front of a computer. Learners can also enjoy seamless syncing across all devices as long as they have an internet connection. Their progress is stored and saved for the next time they open their modules, no matter which device they use.

What’s Next in Accessibility for LRDG?

Our goal in implementing new learning modules was to reach complete WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards, and we will continue improving our products based on user feedback.