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Title: Assessing the accessibility of online learning
Authors: Badge, Joanne Louise
Dawson, Emma
Cann, Alan James
Scott, Jon
First Published: May-2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 2008, 45 (2), pp. 103-113
Abstract: A wide range of tools is now available to enable teaching practitioners to create web-based educational materials from PowerPoint presentations, adding a variety of different digital media, such as audio and animation. The pilot study described in this paper compared three different systems for producing multimedia presentations from existing PowerPoint files. The resulting resources were tested by a group of disabled students and a group of non-disabled students. Our findings show that there were statistically significant differences between the two groups in relation to their interaction with the resources. In particular, the students with disabilities were significantly more active in using the available controls to customise the running of the presentations. The data suggest that future work on why students with accessibility issues made different uses of these resources could encourage practitioners' deployment of multimedia resources for the benefit of all learners.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14703290801948959
ISSN: 1470-3297
Type: Article
Rights: This is the author's final draft of the paper published as Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 2008, 45 (2), pp. 103-113. The final published version is available at Doi: 10.1080/14703290801948959
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