The Boston Accessibility Conference on Saturday October 27th at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston, MA. Vision-Aid is sponsoring a panel "Making MOOCs more accessible to the visually impaired".
Making MOOCs more accessible.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are opening an exciting world of learning for many. Great strides have been made in the area of accessibility. However barriers still remain which can make some of the content in MOOCs inaccessible to persons with disabilities. A concentrated effort to overcome as many of the remaining barriers in accessibility as possible, can make MOOCs a vibrant and inclusive learning place for all. The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 250 million people worldwide with low vision and around 40 million who are blind. How can we make MOOCs content and platforms fully accessible to this segment?
A high-powered panel of experts will explore this subject from many perspectives:
- the challenges and needs of visually impaired learners.
- the innovations by MOOC platform providers.
- the role of educational institutions, employers and technology providers, whose inputs are needed to offer a holistic solution.
- the role of modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) in addressing these challenges.