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Embedding accessibility and usability: considerations for e-learning research and development projects

Cooper, Martyn and Colwell, Chetz and Jelfs, Anne (2007) Embedding accessibility and usability: considerations for e-learning research and development projects. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 15 (3). pp. 231-245. ISSN 0968-7769 (print)/1741-1629 (online)

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    Abstract

    This paper makes the case that if e‐learning research and development projects are to be successfully adopted in real‐world teaching and learning contexts, then they must effectively address accessibility and usability issues; and that these need to be integrated throughout the project. As such, accessibility and usability issues need to be made explicit in project documentation, along with allocation of appropriate resources and time. We argue that accessibility and usability are intrinsically inter‐linked. An integrated accessibility and usability evaluation methodology that we have developed is presented and discussed. The paper draws on a series of mini‐case studies from e‐learning projects undertaken over the past 10 years at the Open University.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
    Divisions: ALT-J Journal
    Depositing User: Justin Smith
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2009 15:01
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 10:01
    URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/727

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