Holistic approaches to e-learning accessibility


Kelly, B. and Phipps, L., 2006. Holistic approaches to e-learning accessibility. ALT-J, 14 (1), pp. 69-78.

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        The importance of accessibility to digital e-learning resources is widely acknowledged. The World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative has played a leading role in promoting the importance of accessibility and developing guidelines that can help when developing accessible web resources. The accessibility of e-learning resources provides additional challenges. While it is important to consider the technical and resource related aspects of e-learning when designing and developing resources for students with disabilities, there is a need to consider pedagogic and contextual issues as well. A holistic framework is therefore proposed and described, which in addition to accessibility issues takes into account learner needs, learning outcomes, local factors, infrastructure, usability and quality assurance. The practical application and implementation of this framework is discussed and illustrated through the use of examples and case studies.


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        CreatorsKelly, B.and Phipps, L.
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        Additional InformationThis is a preprint of an article published in ALT-J (2006) Association for Learning Technology; ALT-J is available online at: The DOI of the article is 10.1080/09687760500479860 The copyright of this article has been assigned to the Association Of Learning Technology (ALT). We are grateful to ALT for permitting a local copy of the article to be made available.


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