Access For all to eLearning

Cooper, M. and Heath, A. (2009). Access For all to eLearning. In: Méndez-Vilas, A.; Solano Martín, A.; Mesa González, J. A. and Mesa González, J. eds. Research Reflections and Innovations in Integrating ICT in Education, Volume 2. FORMATEX, Badajoz, Spain, pp. 1139–1143.

URL: http://www.formatex.org/micte2009/volume2.htm

Abstract

The paper describes the authors' work (in collaboration with others) to establish a new technological paradigm for delivering access to e-Learning to all persons, including disabled students. The new paradigm complements a content-oriented approach to accessibility but shifts the balance and responsibility for determining access needs of an individual from the producer, supplier or author of e-Learning system and content towards the individual and the individual's supporting technological and human agents. Thus, instead of a producer or supplier effectively saying with technology "I know what you need" a learner will say "this is what I need".

Firstly the topic is introduced and set in context. Then an overview is given of the roles of the pertinent metadata specifications: personal needs and preference profiles (PNP) [1]; and digital resource descriptions (DRD) [2](using the ISO terminology). An account is given of the work to develop and standardise these. A key implementation of Content Personalisation (CP), based on these metadata standards is taking place in the EU4ALL project. The project is introduced; its approach to CP outlined and implementation challenges are described. Concluding comments are made highlighting key points from the paper and noting the state-of-the-art.

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  • 24796
  • Item Type
  • Book Section
  • ISBN
  • 84-692-1790-9, 978-84-692-1790-0
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Not SetNot SetThe support by the European Commission for the EU4ALL project is gratefully acknowledged (Project No. 034778).
  • Keywords
  • accessibility; e-Learning; standards; MLE; LMS; VLE; adaptation; disabled people
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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  • Martyn Cooper

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