How Could MOOCs Become Accessible? The Case of edX and the Future of Inclusive Online Learning

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Title: How Could MOOCs Become Accessible? The Case of edX and the Future of Inclusive Online Learning
Authors: Sanchez-Gordon, Sandra | Luján-Mora, Sergio
Research Group/s: Lucentia
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos
Keywords: ATAG | MOOC | Massive Open Online Courses | UAAG | WCAG | WCAG | EM | WGAC2ICT | Accessibility | Accessibility conformance evaluation | Disabilities | edX | Mobile learning | Online learning
Knowledge Area: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: J.UCS Consortium
Citation: Journal of Universal Computer Science. 2016, 22(1): 55-81
Abstract: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have great potential to provide learning opportunities for people around the world. However, to reach their full potential, MOOCs need to meet the accessibility needs of diverse learners, with and without disabilities. In the literature review, we have found some published research on accessibility evaluations of MOOCs content and platforms, but we have not found published research on how to design existing and future MOOC platforms to assist authors in producing accessible content. The main purpose of this research is to contribute to the discussion about the future of inclusive online learning, by proposing a software design to incorporate features in MOOC platforms to enable, support and guide authors toward conceptualizing, designing, building and testing accessible MOOCs. We also present the results of an evaluation of the accessibility issues of Studio, the edX course-authoring software, based on ATAG 2.0.
Sponsor: This work has been partially supported by the Prometeo Project by SENESCYT, Ecuadorian Government.
ISSN: 0948-695X (Print) | 0948-6968 (Online)
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Journal of Universal Computer Science
Peer Review: si
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