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Usability, accessibility, and equity : understanding the anomalies in online learning

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Joanne McinnerneyJoanne Mcinnerney, Lissa McnameeLissa Mcnamee, Tim RobertsTim Roberts
Issues of usability, accessibility, and equity in college and university education, often focus on those learners who have a physical or intellectual disability. However, students without a recognised disability may also be disadvantaged. The requirement for online access may provide a disadvantage, due to a number of factors ranging from those of a socio-economic nature, to extreme geographic isolation, to difficult work environments. Educators and their parent institutions would be well advised to investigate ways and means to alleviate such problems, before they impinge upon the learning experience of the students.This paper introduces educators to some of the many disparate factors that can create anomalies between online external (and often distant) students and face-to-face students. These include issues relating to technology, expectations of computer literacy, the online presentation of materials, access to library facilities, and the art of good communication. The paper suggests some ways in which the potentially harmful effects of these anomalies can be reduced.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

83

End Page

88

Number of Pages

6

Start Date

05/07/2003

Finish Date

09/07/2003

ISBN-10

1863844937

Location

Gold Coast, Australia

Publisher

Southern Cross University

Place of Publication

Lismore, Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australian World Wide Web Conference