Evaluating findability of open educational resources from the perspective of users with disabilities: a preliminary approach
Rosa Navarrete, Sergio Luján-Mora
2015 Second International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG 2015), p. 112-119, Quito (Ecuador), April 8-10 2015. ISBN: 978-3-9075-8910-6. DOI: 10.1109/ICEDEG.2015.7114457
(ICEDEG'15) Congreso internacional / International conference
e-Education is an umbrella term that refers to educational collaborative environments supported by technology that related not only formal academic institutions programs but also self-learners and teachers around the world. This educational paradigm is of paramount importance for society nowadays, because expands access opportunities to education at all levels. These learning environments can take advantage of Open Educational Resources. Using OER is a growing trend and it is turning into a recommendation by some governments and international education forums. Nevertheless, in spite of the availability of OER websites, quite a few of them do not consider accessibility design principles, therefore these websites present access barriers for users with disabilities. Besides, only a reduce number of these websites offer accessible resources, i.e. digital contents suitable for users with disabilities. On the other hand, in web environment, findability is a design consideration that improves the user's searchable experience by simplifying the location and acquisition of elements in websites. In this restricted scenario, findability of educational resources is a key issue for users with disabilities. In this research, we address the issue of findability of Open Educational Resources (OER), from the perspective of inclusive participation of users with disabilities, by considering three aspects: web accessibility, some usability best practices oriented to users with disabilities and Information Architecture. The evaluation is performed in some important and well known OER websites.