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Completion, comments and repurposing a digital accessibility MOOC

Completion, comments and repurposing a digital accessibility MOOC
Completion, comments and repurposing a digital accessibility MOOC

The ‘massive’ and ‘open’ nature of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can provide powerful dissemination tools to raise awareness of topics in need of public attention, such as digital accessibility and its impact on assistive technology users. The subject is a wide-ranging one when taught from the point of view of those who may have sensory, physical and/or cognitive impairments coping with a myriad of digital activities on a daily basis. These may range from creating and viewing documents, surfing the web to using a mobile or a washing machine. An analysis of the interactions and learning experiences of those who completed the FutureLearn Digital Accessibility MOOC was conducted, using a combination of statistical and qualitative methods. Preliminary results indicate a progressive loss of participants over time, which is to be expected with MOOCs. However, certain measures such as the number of comments per participant, completed steps, and the “likes” count suggest a relatively high degree of engagement from this particular learning community. After examining the topics that triggered most participation, a suggestion has been formulated to repurpose parts of the course in order to exploit its most engaging sections and offer alternative forms of support for those activities that required more explanation.

Digital accessibility, Dissemination, Elearning, MOOCs, Professionals, Repurposing
0302-9743
138-145
Springer Verlag
Draffan, E. A.
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Leon, Manuel
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James, Abi
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Aljaloud, Saud
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Wald, Mike
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Leon, Manuel
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James, Abi
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Aljaloud, Saud
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Wald, Mike
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Draffan, E. A., Leon, Manuel, James, Abi, Aljaloud, Saud and Wald, Mike (2018) Completion, comments and repurposing a digital accessibility MOOC. In Computers Helping People with Special Needs - 16th International Conference, ICCHP 2018, Proceedings. vol. 10896 LNCS, Springer Verlag. pp. 138-145 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94277-3_24).

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Abstract

The ‘massive’ and ‘open’ nature of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can provide powerful dissemination tools to raise awareness of topics in need of public attention, such as digital accessibility and its impact on assistive technology users. The subject is a wide-ranging one when taught from the point of view of those who may have sensory, physical and/or cognitive impairments coping with a myriad of digital activities on a daily basis. These may range from creating and viewing documents, surfing the web to using a mobile or a washing machine. An analysis of the interactions and learning experiences of those who completed the FutureLearn Digital Accessibility MOOC was conducted, using a combination of statistical and qualitative methods. Preliminary results indicate a progressive loss of participants over time, which is to be expected with MOOCs. However, certain measures such as the number of comments per participant, completed steps, and the “likes” count suggest a relatively high degree of engagement from this particular learning community. After examining the topics that triggered most participation, a suggestion has been formulated to repurpose parts of the course in order to exploit its most engaging sections and offer alternative forms of support for those activities that required more explanation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 March 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 26 June 2018
Published date: 2018
Venue - Dates: 16th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, Austria, 2018-07-10 - 2018-07-12
Keywords: Digital accessibility, Dissemination, Elearning, MOOCs, Professionals, Repurposing

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Local EPrints ID: 423171
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423171
ISSN: 0302-9743
PURE UUID: d65d23f9-9362-4eed-aee1-538b11d77977
ORCID for Saud Aljaloud: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7468-2257

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Date deposited: 19 Sep 2018 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 00:13

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Author: E. A. Draffan
Author: Manuel Leon
Author: Abi James
Author: Saud Aljaloud ORCID iD
Author: Mike Wald

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