Evaluating the Accessibility of Online University Education
Mark Pendergast, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, United States
IJOPCD Volume 7, Number 1, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global
The rights of disabled students are protected law in nearly every country. However, the lack of awareness of the laws and the need to make web pages accessible has created barriers to fully implementing the intent of these laws. These laws typically go beyond web pages to include all instructional devices including e-readers, social networking sites, and smart phone apps. This paper takes a look at the requirements of accessibility laws, the formation of the accessibility initiative, and the resulting WCAG 2.0 standard. Accessibility testing tools for websites and web content are discussed and then used to measure the level of compliance for a number of universities. It was found that almost all university sites checked had multiple accessibility errors. Finally, a number of recommendations are made based on the compliance issues found and on the terms of several U.S. Department of Justice consent decrees.
Pendergast, M. (2017). Evaluating the Accessibility of Online University Education. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 7(1), 1-14. IGI Global.