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ACRL 2015, pp. 489–496, Association of College and Research Libraries 17th National Conference, Creating Sustainable Community, March 25–28, 2015, Portland, Oregon


Copyright © 2015 Sigrid Anderson Cordell and Melissa Gomis


The recent expansion of digital scholarship has largely failed to take into account issues of accessibility and inclusive design. Likewise, the connection between accessibility and visual design is often overlooked in creating online learning tools. This gap is most often caused by an emphasis on delivering content rather than designing sites to be both visually appealing and effective in teaching concepts to students of all abilities and learning styles. In this chapter, we will argue that an emphasis on visual design in the creation of online learning objects enhances both accessibility and pedagogy.