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Holistic Approaches to E-Learning Accessibility

This page contains access to a paper on "Holistic Approaches to E-Learning Accessibility" by Lawrie Phipps and Brian Kelly published in the ALT-J journal (Vol. 14 No. 1 March 2006).


A preprint of the paper is available from the University of Bath institutional repository. The paper was published in ALT-J (2006) Association for Learning Technology; ALT-J and is available online at: The DOI of the article is 10.1080/09687760500479860

The copyright of this article has been assigned to the Association Of Learning Technology (ALT). We are grateful to ALT for permitting a local copy of the article to be made available.

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Citation Details

Holistic Approaches to E-Learning Accessibility, Phipps, L. and Kelly, B., In: ALT-J: Research In Learning Technology, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2006, pp. 69-78. DOI: 10.1080/09687760500479860


The importance of accessibility to digital e-learning resources is widely acknowledged. The World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative has played a leading role in promoting the importance of accessibility and developing guidelines that can help when developing accessible web resources. The accessibility of e-learning resources provides additional challenges. While it is important to consider the technical and resource related aspects of e-learning when designing and developing resources for students with disabilities, there is a need to consider pedagogic and contextual issues as well. A holistic framework is therefore proposed and described, which in addition to accessibility issues takes into account learner needs, learning outcomes, local factors, infrastructure, usability and quality assurance. The practical application and implementation of this framework is discussed and illustrated through the use of examples and case studies.

Citations Of The Paper

On 11 November 2011 7 citation was found for this paper using Google Scholar.