Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

A preliminary study for developing accessible MOOC services

Francisco Iniesto, Covadonga Rodrigo


The flexibility of the MOOC service allows students to learn at
their own time, place and pace, enhancing continuous communication and
interaction among all participants in knowledge and community building.
This model especially benefits people with disabilities, which can improve
therefore their level of employability and social inclusion, reaching a better
quality of life. Unfortunately the access to MOOC platforms present severe
barriers: there is a lack of accessibility on the learning resources, the
communicating tools and personalized user interfaces. All these issues add
extra difficulties such as the need to develop specific digital or even social
skills for students with functional diversity. In this context, MOOCs are
leading a revolutionary computer and mobile-based scenario along with
social technologies that will emerge new kinds of learning applications that
enhance communication and collaboration processes. For that reason, this
paper describes the need for designing an information model and related
specifications to support a new strategy for delivering accessible MOOC
courses to learners with special needs, in terms of their preferences and
context of use based on a particular application profile. This user profile’s
design is based on standard metadata schemas, data that provides
information about other data, regarding the achievement of accessibility
from content to user preferences.

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