Accessibility for e-learning quality

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Patrizia Ghislandi
Federica Cumer


How can we evaluate the quality of academic constructivist e-learning? How can we guarantee its accessibility? These are the research questions addressed in a three-year research project called “Net@ccessible: teaching - learning for one and all in a lifelong plan”. Undertaken within Italy’s FIRB (Fund for Investment in Basic Research) programme, the project involves Trento University and other five Italian universities and institutions. Its mission is to promote learning and socialization among university students with and without disability by way of an e-learning environment. To evaluate the quality of this environment, the Trento research unit has created adASTRA, a set of rubrics for scaffolding the design and delivery of elearning. One of the adASTRA rubrics is dedicated to the accessibility of e-learning environments. In this paper we present a literature review of online accessibility and go on to describe the design of the accessibility rubric and its validation through qualitative research with the Net@ccessible eTutors.

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