Accessibility of eLearning in Postsecondary Education
This three-year Canadian study examined the accessibility for students with disabilities of the various forms of e-Learning now used in Canadian colleges and universities. By investigating current and forecasted e-Learning trends in Canadian higher education, we:
- Identified facilitators and barriers for students with disabilities, and
- Generated and disseminated best practices for both the higher education and post-secondary e-Publishing communities.
The research involved:
- Post-secondary students with disabilities (including learning disabilities) who have used some form of e-Learning;
- Professionals who provide disability-related supports on campus;
- Individuals who lead and/or support e-Learning initiatives in their institutions;
- Faculty who have taught students with disabilities using some form of e-Learning; and
- Publishing industry executives responsible for post-secondary e-Packs and e-Courses.
- Asuncion, J. V., Fichten, C. S., Ferraro, V., Barile, M., Nguyen, M. N., & Wolforth, J. (2010). Multiple perspectives on the accessibility of e-Learning in Canadian colleges and universities. Assistive Technology Journal, 22(4), 187-199. DOI: 10.1080/10400430903519944.
- Fichten, C. S., Ferraro, V., Asuncion, J. V., Chwojka, C., Barile, M., Nguyen, M. N., Klomp, R., & Wolforth, J. (2009). Disabilities and e-learning problems and solutions: An exploratory study. Educational Technology and Society, 12(4), 241-256.
- Fichten, C. S., Asuncion, J. V., Barile, M., Ferraro, & Wolforth, J. (2009). Accessibility of eLearning and computer and information technologies to students with visual impairments in postsecondary education. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 103(9), 543-557.