Overcoming accessibility issues for eLearners

Sclater, Niall (2008). Overcoming accessibility issues for eLearners. In: Second Annual International Conference Sunflower 2008 alias Education Accessibility, 29-30 Oct 2008, Technical University of Ostrava, Celadná, Czech Republic.

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The Open University UK (OU) has around 10,000 distance learners who declare a disability. For many of these students the movement to online content and activity has huge advantages over traditional educational methods involving face to face meetings and print-based materials. However for others, working online presents serious difficulties. There are many steps which can be taken to minimise these problems, in the design of the learning platforms and the content presented online. As learners are increasingly required to study via the Internet, it is becoming vital for educational institutions to know what can be done to reduce problems of access for learners with disabilities. This paper discusses the common accessibility issues for elearners and how they are being addressed at the Open University

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