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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR E-LEARNING TO BE ACCESSIBLE?

E-learning is perfect for reaching your varied workforce, ensuring everyone can access training opportunities. Initially, people believed e-learning would be ineffective as it would remove the human element of learning, however, as time has progressed, technology has developed meaning transforming it into a valuable learning resource.

Many academics have focussed attention on the potential of technology to enhance the student learning experience, and indeed student learning. Since the late 1990s there has been an increasing use of the Web and indeed virtual learning environments, as evidenced by conference series such as ‘Web based Education’ and the ‘Blended Learning Conference’.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR E-LEARNING TO BE ACCESSIBLE?

Learning and education are the enablers of social and economic change, with attainment of learning often dictating an individual’s ability to enter professional careers and maintain a comfortable lifestyle. As with many aspects of modern society, the landscape of higher education has been significantly impacted by the coming of the internet age. For centuries traditional learning environments were locked in the physical foundations of buildings and places, requiring students to attend in a time and a place. With the realisation of the internet age learners can still access the curriculum of any number of higher education institutions, but now via the web, at a time and a place convenient to them.

For Children with disability: It can be easy to identify people with a disability if they use a wheelchair, walking aids or a white cane, but many disabilities are less obvious.

Sometimes, invisible or unknown disability can remain undiagnosed for years and can contribute to a lack of success at school: it’s not uncommon for adults to be diagnosed with a difficulty only when they continue their education in further or higher education institutions

Accessible e-learning provides everyone with a platform to learn, with their specific needs in mind. Additionally, since it can be accessed across numerous mediums, it gives people the opportunity to learn on the go.

It is important to give employees the opportunity to learn via e-learning as it allows them to take control of their learning and provides fair opportunities to all your staff. Some staff can learn more quickly than others, e-learning offers the opportunity for those who prefer to learn more gradually, less pressure and more time to learn. It is crucial you make sure that content and materials for learners is as diverse and varied as the students themselves

In practice this involves using ways of conveying information other than by text, as text can present problems to people with disabilities. This short presentation shows how difficult it can be for different people to access written text, compared to other formats.

The ease and convenience fostered by derivatives of technology in the educational sector have markedly increased the adoption rates of education as a whole. Sites can ensure that e-learning is accessible in numerous ways, for example, for visually impaired learners it can be made to be accessed via only using a keyboard. To make content accessible for visually impaired and colour blind learners, there needs to be a good contrast between foreground and background colours,  ensuring that colour is not used to convey information

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