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Accessibility of MOOCs: Understanding the Provider Perspective

Iniesto, Francisco; McAndrew, Patrick; Minocha, Shailey and Coughlan, Tim (2016). Accessibility of MOOCs: Understanding the Provider Perspective. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2016(1), article no. 20.

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Abstract

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have become an accepted way to make learning opportunities available at large scale and with low cost to the learner. However, only if these are made accessible will they be able to offer flexibility of learning and benefits to all, irrespective of disability. Experience in providing accessible online learning at distance universities suggests that this can be best achieved through understanding different roles and the options in planning for adjustments to be made. To effectively apply similar approaches to MOOCs, it is necessary to understand the various viewpoints and roles of stakeholders and how these impact on accessibility. This includes educators who create materials and facilitate learning, and technologists who develop and maintain platforms. In this paper, we report the results from a study involving semi-structured interviews to investigate the perceptions and accessibility-related processes of MOOC platform accessibility managers, platform software developers and designers, and MOOC accessibility researchers. Our results show the awareness that MOOCs can be valuable for disabled learners, and indicate that legislation acts as a driver for accessibility. However, our investigations suggest limited progress to date in either producing universally accessible MOOCs, or tailoring MOOCs to meet the needs of individual learners with disabilities.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
ISSN: 1365-893X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Open World LearningDS-2014-077LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
GO-GN phase 2#2016-3844Hewlett Foundation
Keywords: MOOC; accessibility; MOOC providers; learning design
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 48073
Depositing User: Francisco Iniesto
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48073
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