What does “Accessibility” mean?
“Web accessibilty means that people with disabilities can use the Web.” — Web Accessibility Initiative.
A more inclusive and positive quote might be: “Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.” – – Wikipedia
Accessibility, as it relates to e-learning, means that your e-learning course should be accessible to a variety of users–for example, learners with disabilities, the aging population, and those for whom English is a second language. Simply put, this means that information must be provided in a format that does not rely on a single sense or ability.
Accessibility considerations also apply to virtual classrooms and on-line, instructor-led training. Virtual classes must also be designed and delivered in a way that does not force a learner to rely on a single sense or ability.
For example, a person with a hearing impairment may not receive the full benefit of a virtual e-learning experience if audio is the only vehicle through which the instructor interacts or provides information.
“Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone”
video by University of Washington’s DO-IT