As the Innovation Champion at the Cambrian Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, I have been tasked with exploring the use of Nearpod for teaching across the Cambrian Community. Quite a few educators love using it, simply because it promotes student engagement and opens some pretty neat opportunities.


In preparation for supporting faculty who are using Nearpod I reached out to find out how accessible it is. They emailed me a quite detailed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, which I am unsure if I can post so I won’t.  Basically, it is pretty good but it isn’t perfect for accessibility purposes. As with any technology, many of the features need an individualised assessment based on your students’ needs. Most of the accessibility criteria outlined in the document are supported. However, some of the accessibility features vary based on the device a student is using and/or the tool inside Nearpod. The best advice is to check to make sure that whatever you are using meets the needs of the student, so work with your students and institution to assess it’s effectiveness. As illustrated in the video below, Nearpod can help to enhance the accessibility of the learning experience.


Nearpod indicated to me that there is no set of guidelines for them to use to claim “100% ADOA compliance.” Many aspects of Nearpod are accessible, but again an individualised assessment of your learners is needed. Some key points include that:

  • The slides created inside the new editor will work with screen readers.
  • Screen readers can also read all assessment activities and buttons.
  • Captions on embedded videos can be toggled on or off by the student.
  • Embedded content is accessible if it was created in an accessible way (videos, PDFs, websites).
  • Audio files can be added to slides.
  • Screen magnifiers work with Nearpod.
  • If the device being used by the student has voice to text capabilities it will work.
  • Colour schemes for assessment activities include contrasting colours, which helps students with visual impairments see the slides.


    Learning More

    After the Showcase event in the Hub, several instructors signed up to give it a try and we started a community of practice for exploring the use of Nearpod in our teaching. Melanie blogged about her experience. Below are a few of the slides we played with that we thought were particularly neat. If you are interested in more professional development opportunities at Cambrian around Nearpod please reach out to Amy so she can schedule something.

    Nearpod also has some training that may be worth checking out if you are interested. In the coming weeks, I will be exploring some advanced training from Nearpod and answering the following questions:

    • Is there a way to allow students to see everyone’s response in the asynchronous model?
    • How reliable is it?
    • In the quiz function–can you insert an explanation for correct and incorrect answers?
    • How can I insert a graphic or hot spot in a quiz question? 

    If you know the answers please comment below.


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    Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit


    Christopher Phillips · August 5, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this review of NearPod from an accessibility perspective. I am looking at it from the perspective of accessibility for students who are Deaf or Hard of hearing and have been surprised that there doesn’t seem to be any way to add captions to the audio that instructors can add. I am looking for others who may have encountered a similar challenges and how they have made that audio content accessible.

    Marianna Bond · April 6, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I would greatly appreciate a detailed explanation in writing of how to make Nearpod accessible for students using text to speech and speech to text. I have been able to get captions that are not in text boxes to work for text to speech, but nothing that is imbedded into a text box or visual. My students cannot access this without the speech to text and text to speech features.

      NurseKillam · April 6, 2020 at 10:25 am

      I will ask a colleague if he knows how to do that. I have stopped using Nearpod.

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