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Implementing A Holistic Approach To E-Learning Accessibility

This page contains access to the paper on "Implementing A Holistic Approach To E-Learning Accessibility" which was presented at the ALT-C 2005 Conference.

The paper was presented in the "Design & Development" session (Theme 3B) which ran from 09:00-10:00 on Thursday 8 September 2005 (see session details). The talk lasted for 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion.

Prize-Winning Paper

This paper was awarded the prize for Best Research Paper at the ALT-C 2005 conference. A press release is available.

Citation Details

Implementing A Holistic Approach To E-Learning Accessibility, Kelly, B., Phipps, L. and Howell, C. In: Cook, J. and Whitelock, D. (2005) Exploring the frontiers of e-learning: borders, outposts and migration; ALT-C 2005 12th International Conference Research Proceedings, ALT Oxford.



This paper is available from the University of Bath institutional repository.

Implementing A Holistic Approach To E-Learning Accessibility
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Paper Details

Implementing A Holistic Approach To E-Learning Accessibility
Primary Theme
Quality and Standards
Secondary Themes
Design and development
accessibility, usability, e-learning
Authors names, complete affiliations, addresses
Mr Brian Kelly
The Library
University of Bath
Mr Lawrie Phipps
The Network Centre
4 Innovation Close
York Science Park
Ms Caro Howell
Partners in Practice Co-ordinator
Centre for Medical Education
University of Bristol
General Terms
Measurement, Documentation, Human Factors, Standardization, Legal Aspects, Verification.
Web accessibility, WAI, WCAG, guidelines, methodologies.
Short abstract
The importance of accessibility to digital e-learning resources is widely acknowledged. The W3C WAI has played a leading role in promoting the importance of accessibility and developing guidelines which can help when developing accessible Web resources. The accessibility of e-learning resources provides additional challenges. In this paper the authors describe a holistic framework for addressing e-learning accessibility which takes into account the usability of e-learning, pedagogic issues and student learning styles in addition to technical and resource issues and provide a case study which illustrates use of this holistic approach to e-learning.
CV of Authors
Brian Kelly provides advice and support to the UK Higher and Further Education Communities and the museums, libraries and archives sector in the area of the Web. Brian is also the project manager of the QA Focus project and the NOF-digitise Technical Advisory Service, which provide support for digital library programmes. Brian is based in UKOLN - a national centre of excellence in digital information management, based at the University of Bath, UK. Correspondence on this paper should be send to Brian Kelly, UKOLN, University of Bath, BATH, UK, BA2 7AY
Lawrie Phipps is the TechDis Senior Advisor for Higher Education in the UK. His background is in staff development and e-learning, designing and developing virtual field trips and courses and supporting science lecturers in learning and teaching. Within TechDis Lawrie is currently working on issues of accessibility and pedagogy, e-learning as a tool for empowerment of disabled students and e-learning policy and strategy. Lawrie is also a Visiting Fellow at the Special Needs Computing Research Unit at the University of Teeside. The research group is looking at a range of issues including disability and mobile learning, the use of multimedia to support disabilities, computer assisted assessment and the development of Virtual Learning Environments to support students with learning difficulties.
Caro Howell co-ordinates the Partners in Practice project at the University of Bristol which is developing a curriculum framework for teaching disability equality to healthcare students. She also works as a freelance curator and access consultant for museums and galleries, specialising in intellectual access for people with sensory impairments. Caro was part of Tate Modern's development team from 1997-2000 helping to devise the museum's displays, exhibitions and interpretation strategy and post opening, as Curator for Youth & Special Projects, her responsibilities included developing innovative policy and provision for disabled people. In 2002 she won a BAFTA for i-Map, an online project for blind and partially sighted people on the work of Matisse and Picasso.

Citations Of The Paper

In February 2012 19 citations were found for this paper using Google Scholar


The following comments have been received on the paper:

  • "Congratulations to you both on your paper on a holistic approach to accessibility, which I have just read properly. It's a much needed piece of clarity in a foggy area!", Sara Dunn, Sara Dunn Associates
  • "Prize Winning Accessibility Paper Published by UKOLN", Managing Information, October 2005.