E-Learning for All? Maximizing the Impact of Multimedia Resources for Learners with Disabilities

E-Learning for All? Maximizing the Impact of Multimedia Resources for Learners with Disabilities

Morag Munro (Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University, Ireland) and Barry McMullin (Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-814-7.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter examines some of the tensions that may exist between e-learning and accessibility in higher education, and aims to redress the balance between them. The chapter necessarily involves some significant technical detail. It examines and reports on the accessibility issues associated with particular e-learning technologies that are either current or emerging in this dynamic field. Nonetheless, the discussion attempts to provide practitioners with practical advice that will assist them in designing multimedia-based e-learning that is both innovative and inclusive. Integral to this is a framework for best practice for the development of accessible educational multimedia.
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Educational Multimedia: A Double-Edged Sword?

Although e-learning has potential to enhance and support teaching and learning in HE, a significant number of students entering postcompulsory education have disabilities that may impact on their ability to engage with educational multimedia. In this section, we highlight, via a case study, some of the barriers to learning that multimedia may impose on students with disabilities.

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