Accessibility barriers for users of screen readers in the Moodle learning content management system

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Show simple item record Calvo Martín, María del Rocío Iglesias Maqueda, Ana María Moreno López, Lourdes 2014-12-02T13:26:01Z 2015-08-31T22:00:06Z 2014-08-01
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Universal Access in the Information Society, 2014. 13(3), pp. 315-327.
dc.identifier.issn 1615-5297 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 1615-5289 (print)
dc.description.abstract In recent decades, the use of the Internet has spread rapidly into diverse social spheres including that of education. Currently, most educational centers make use of e-learning environments created through authoring tool applications like learning content management systems (LCMSs). However, most of these applications currently present accessibility barriers that make the creation of accessible e-learning environments difficult for teachers and administrators. In this paper, the accessibility of the Moodle authoring tool, one of the most frequently used LCMSs worldwide, is evaluated. More specifically, the evaluation is carried out from the perspective of two visually impaired users accessing content through screen readers, as well as a heuristic evaluation considering the World Wide Web Consortium's Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines. The evaluation results demonstrate that Moodle presents barriers for screen reader users, limiting their ability to access the tool. One example of accessibility problems for visually impaired users is the frequent inability to publish learning contents without assistance. In light of these results, the paper offers recommendations that can be followed to reduce or eliminate these accessibility barriers.
dc.description.sponsorship This study has been partially funded by the MA2VICMR (S2009/TIC-1542) research project.
dc.format.extent 12
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.rights © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
dc.subject.other Accessibility
dc.subject.other Authoring tool
dc.subject.other Screen reader users
dc.subject.other Learning content management systems (LCMSs)
dc.subject.other Authoring tool accessibility guidelines (ATAG)
dc.title Accessibility barriers for users of screen readers in the Moodle learning content management system
dc.type article
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.subject.eciencia Informática
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10209-013-0314-3
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Comunidad de Madrid. S2009/TIC-1542/MA2VICMR
dc.type.version acceptedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 315
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 327
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Universal Access in the Information Society
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 13
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000011367
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